Firstly, there are lots and lots and lots of reviews from reviewers who didn’t seem to realise that this is a playscript. As in
REVIEWER: (says in a stage whisper) A. Play. Script.
I’ve read plenty of plays in my time – I’ve a particular fondness for Philip Ridley and Mark Ravenhill, whose work rarely graces this shores but plays are easily accessible in book form – so I didn’t have a problem with the format.
That said, what I did have a problem with, format-wise, was that JK Rowling had gone on record saying that putting this on stage was the best format for the story, and that it absolutely couldn’t have been a novel.
It really could have, and would’ve made an excellent one. But they chose to make a play, and that’s fine.
I enjoyed both of the plays. I thought the story – which, word of warning, focuses predominately on Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy’s sons, much more than it does on Harry, Hermione and Ron. They’re in it, they have scenes and there they’re throughout, but this is definetly the story of The Cursed Child (Albus, Harry’s son) – was great, and very much its own thing. It’s a tricksy, timey-wimey story that involves time travel, and as such gives a great opportunity for older/dead characters to have their own cameo.
I really enjoyed the story, the new children, and where the characters everyone loves are now. In particular, I loved how Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius (my favourite new character) and their relationships developed.
I could go into the in’s and out’s of the plot, but frankly, you’re probably going to read it and don’t want to be spoiled, or are not and just have a passing interest.
I really enjoyed the plays, and would love to see it live, although I tried recently, to no avail, to get tickets, as did many thousands of others, so for now, this book is the next best thing.
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.