Set nineteen years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the play picks up where the seventh book left off. Then we jump a few years, to follow Harry’s son Albus and Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius at Hogwarts. The two strike up a friendship as they try to define themselves outside of their famous (or infamous) parents.
The play explores the same themes as the books do: the power of love and sacrifice, the long shadow the past casts, and how the choices we make define who we are. It’s also quite funny and quite touching, just like the books–really, Thorne does a great job of capturing Rowling’s style and humor and character voices.
It’s great to see the old gang back together, and to see how they’ve aged. I particularly love Ron and Hermione in this story, and all they’re given to do and the way their relationship is explored. The new characters are great as well, and I love the relationship between Albus and Scorpius. There are twists and surprises all the way through, and some wonderful callbacks and references to the books.
I’m being cagey because I don’t want to give anything away. If you want to risk a bit, click those links in the photos! Suffice it to say that, while reading the script is no patch on seeing The Cursed Child in production (just look at those photos!) it’s a nice return to a world and characters that always reward repeat visits.