It’s overwhelming. Yup, that’s the word for it.
First things first, I’m giving out no spoilers. Read the rest of this post if you want to know what I thought of it and to answer the question on everyone’s mind: Is it worth buying?
The short answer: If you’re not going to have the opportunity to watch the play, YES.
The long one:
Fans who followed the release and the news closely, would know that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes off where the Epilogue of Deathly Hallows left us. But here’s the thing, I don’t think Harry Potter ever left us. And that’s what J3 (Joanne, John and Jack) do.
So, yup. The play is a play on nostalgia, on our extremely fragile sentiments and of course, takes you right into its arms from the word go. If like me, you read all the books when they launched, a typical rainy Sunday; this script will make you travel across time and space.
Without letting out much, let me tell you this, the play reads like it was made for the fans. And I’m not complaining! It feels like the fandom and its likes/dislikes were taken into consideration. Every time a new scene begins, you’ll either have moist eyes or pants (sorry!). If you’ve been a demented fan like me, you’ll know exactly what’s going to happen next. It’s the how it happens that I loved.
At various points of my two-hour read I had to take a moment to wipe off a tear or really take it all in. This is something I could root for. This is it.
Is the play intense? Naah. Is it funny? In parts. But is it a fitting continuation of the series? Really depends.
What I expected from the script of the play was the story. The answer to ‘what next?’, and that bit was marvellous. Even if it’s not the same trajectory I imagined. What I’m now excited about is the actual stage production, because this reads like it was meant to be a movie. (Sidenote: I’d be really disappointed if this is not turned into another money-spinner on the big screen)
The plot in itself is complicated and at times goes into the implausible. You don’t want to believe J3 did that! SHE did that. But I guess, as the demographic of the Harry Potter fan changes (we’re almost all adults), some things had to. And boy does that bring about mixed feelings!
So, should you buy it? Yup, unless you get to watch it first. Even then, I guess I’ll buy the final script for posterity (this one was an ebook purchased on Pottermore).
Should you go in with expectations of it being the 8th book? Nope. Think of it as a tribute to the series. To its fans.
So did you finish reading it too? Are you reading it a second time already? I am!
Let me know what you thought of it!
PS. Please no spoilers in the comments!