Harry Potter and the Cursed Screenplay

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   John Tiffany and Jack Thorne’s play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, based off J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, was welcomed with open arms by the generation of adults that grew up with the characters of the series.

   The script, originally released on July 31st, has revived the wave of Millennials who refer to the Harry Potter series as their childhood.  The play made its world premiere on July 30 in London’s West End. But has the script carried on the legacy of Harry, Hermione, and Ron and, more importantly, can it live up to the expectations of their fans?

   Skeptical at first,  as the Harry Potter world was now being described by other writers besides Rowling, the script seemed to have a completely different voice than that of Rowling’s. However, with a different writer and format, this is expected.  The characters initially seemed detached from the former selves that Rowling characterized so well; each one has his or her own complex backstory which is reflected in each’s personality. Perhaps it is the format of the play that causes this change of tone in characters, and once performed, perhaps the characters will gain their full personality back rather than the static characters that appear in the book.

   After overcoming this, the reader can see the more humorous side of the characters, including the original sarcastic tone Rowling set in the previous books. Ron, Hermione, and Harry banter with Draco, and jokes are more straightforward, lacking the cleverness that was present in previous Harry Potter pieces.   

   Harry and Draco’s children, Albus and Scorpius, also added humorous aspects, as well as some sentiment, as the readers watch their friendship bloom. Aspects of their friendship deeply reflect Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s. At one point it is even said “your weakness is the same as your father’s: friendship” (Thorne, 230). Of course, as the previous stories often did, the script contains its serious undertones about friendship, loyalty, love, and trust.

   Albus, Harry’s youngest child, battles with good versus evil, much like his father did. These are the similarities  that allow the reader to slowly discover that the “cursed child” Albus believes he is, is not so different than young Harry. The final act of the play truly reveals the deep similarities between Harry and his youngest son, as well as reflects on Harry’s own parentage.

   The play has been met with mixed reviews. “I like how it show [sic] how Harry, though he was strong in other books, it shows how he was messed up about it and how he treats his son because of it.” Jordan Rosen, senior, said.

   However, not everyone enjoyed the play. “It was good, but I like the series more.” Brody Smith, freshman, said.

   “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” continues the Harry Potter saga with an attempt to replicate the charm of Rowling’s last pieces, however falls short when capturing the true magic of Harry Potter’s world that amazed book lovers for the past two decades.

As a senior, I am excited to venture off into the world, but also happy to be able to leave my mark at Atlantic by being a writer for The Squall. While I hope to pursue a career in the sciences, I have a love for literature and writing. Being in journalism grants me the opportunity to express this passion. I truly am proud to be a part of The Squall as it embarks on its first year as an online newspaper. I always like to make the most of every day I have, so normally my days are filled with the people (and animals) I love. Most days, you can find me napping in the sun or playing with my dogs. On lazy days, I love sitting in my fuzzy socks, drinking tea, and criticizing movies.

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