Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, based on an original story written by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. While it is marketed as the eighth Harry Potter instalment, it’s a collaboration and wasn’t written by the original author. You have to keep this in mind if you don’t want to be disappointed.
The Cursed Child is about a handful of original characters and their offspring. The main characters include Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley and one of their sons, Albus. Draco Malfoy and his son, Scorpius, play a big role, and Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley make appearances throughout the play as well. The story revolves around Albus, who is very different from his father and struggles with his identity and his relationship with Harry. Harry and Ginny believe he is running with the wrong crowd, mainly because he is best friends with Scorpius. Albus and Scorpius are constantly bullied because of their fathers’ identity, and the story is about both of them attempting to prove their worth.
Personally, I would inhale any extension to the Harry Potter universe, so it doesn’t matter that I enjoyed it. I’d recommend this to any diehard Harry Potter fan, but I’d like to stress that the characterization and the plot is way off, and the play itself feels as if it was written by an amateur J. K. Rowling imitator. However, there are some nice moments that we wish were in the original series, and we get to know what the future has in store for the trio and other characters.
Overall, I liked knowing the new characters that we didn’t really explore in the original series, but I felt it contradicted everything that I knew about the old ones. If you are not a Harry Potter fan, don’t bother reading it. If you are, you should give it a chance, even if it is just to satisfy your curiosity.