Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Lekhika writes a completely spoiler-free review of the new Harry Potter play
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5 years after the release of the last movie in the Harry Potter franchise, The Cursed Child was a breath of fresh air and new storylines that I had only dreamt about. I have the practically impossible task of describing my experience without ruining it for you. I have to, after all, #KeepTheSecrets.
Showing the spells and magic in the play was probably, I think, the trickiest part. However, any issues I thought about were completely unfounded, as you shall see if you do get the chance to go and see the play itself. With the little bits of magic being as powerful as the larger bits of magic, the play leaves you wondering why you had any doubts in the first place.
I was, as were many people, a bit sceptical about the portrayal of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco by actors who were not the ones I grew up with, but the production blew all my fears out of the water. Harry Potter, played by Jamie Parker, was stunning and brought forward all the quirks we knew Harry had in the books and the movies. Hermione Granger, played by Noma Dumezweni, was a fierce character in the books and the movies, and it was brought to life in the production itself. Ronald Weasley, played by Paul Thornley, reminded us about everything we loved about Ron, dipping us in nostalgia and laughter alike.
Ginny Weasley, played by Poppy Miller, resembled book-Ginny more than the film adaptations; her strength shone through; as did her love for her children. Draco Malfoy, played by Alex Price, is striking in his poise and arrogance. Albus Potter, played by Sam Clemmett, came through as a very relatable character but Scorpius Malfoy, played by Anthony Boyle, stole the show. His witty repartee and his awkward mannerisms has made him one of my favourite characters in the whole of the Wizarding World.
All in all, watching the play, all two parts, and experiencing another part of this world that I grew up with, is something I will never forget, and I urge you to go and indulge yourself in nostalgia by watching the play. I know I want to watch it again soon.