If you’re a fellow Potterhead, you’ve probably been waiting with bated breath to enter back into the magical world of Harry Potter. In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II movie premiere, J.K Rowling informed us fans that Hogwarts would always be there to welcome us home. And whilst revisiting Hogwarts over and over through the books and movies, with glassy nostalgic euphoria, is well and great, it’s something else entirely to finally be able to sink our teeth into a new book – a new story with these characters that we’ve grown up with; grown to know and love.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for those who are unaware, is not exactly like the Harry Potter books that we’re accustomed to. Currently, the play is being performed at theatres in London. The script version, written by J.K. Rowling, along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is what was released worldwide on the 31st of July. The story starts exactly where we were left off in the epilogue: Nineteen years later, with Albus Severus Potter waiting to board the Hogwarts express for the first time. The story follows Albus and his own adventures; while still heavily featuring the trio that we’ve all come to love.
It is refreshing to see these characters all grown up; dealing with the struggles of parenting, of adulthood. Ron is the humorous uncle running Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Hermione, the “brightest witch of her age” is the minister for magic. Perhaps best of all, is the boy-who-lived, all grown up and working as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But it isn’t Harry’s debut as a Ministry worker that makes his grown-up character so fascinating. Rather, it’s that J.K. Rowling is finally exploring how Harry’s upbringing; or rather, lack of it, has affected his life, and continues to affect the life of his progeny.