Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two AUDIOBOOKtext
In short: JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne have therefore succeeded in making an eighth Harry Potter that holds up even in this theatrical form. I loved finding these characters with 19 years older and meeting Scorpius, Albus and Rose…
There is finally only one word to say about this piece: Always.
My detailed opinion:
Nineteen years have passed since the Battle of Hogwarts causing the death of several young wizards, but also, and above all, that of Voldemort. Harry Potter “The Boy Who Lived”, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have since grown up. Hermione and Ron are married and had two children: Rose and Hugo. As for Harry, he is obviously united with Ginny and they have three children: James, Albus and Lily.
Albus and Rose are preparing to return to Hogwarts and Harry’s young boy has only one fear: being placed in Slytherin by the Sorting Hat. Albus does not wish to shame his family and is afraid of not being up to it… Because at Hogwarts, being the son of the famous Harry Potter is also synonymous with a heavy burden to bear.
What to say ? I had been looking forward to a new Harry Potter for years, probably since I turned the last page of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. Despite Rowling’s denials about a sequel, I still kept my hopes up. When the announcement of a play was made, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. I found it hard to imagine how this universe could find its place on a stage. Additionally, it included a book with non-existent narration, a simple script, and less work from JK Rowling since it is a collaborative writing with theater professionals. So many reasons that made me doubt. And yet, I could not resist reading it as soon as I had this book in my hands, only to discover that I was wrong to have so much a priori.
I found the magic “Harry Potter” almost instantly, especially since the first scene turns out to repeat the epilogue of the 7th volume. This is the moment when Albus and Rose get ready to take the Hogwarts Express for their first year. We dive back into this world with immense pleasure and intense joy, even a few chills. I was really moved to find Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and even Draco.
We also meet Rose Granger-Weasley who has a character close to that of her mother at the same age. the shortcut to say that she is adorable, but a bit unbearable. But above all, we follow Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. While their fathers were sworn enemies, it seems that these two were made for each other…
I immediately liked Scorpius for his offbeat humor and kindness. He is a protagonist who reveals himself throughout the scenes and who knows how to touch us as only the characters of JK Rowling know how to do.
Albus, meanwhile, is full of anguish and resentment, especially when it comes to his father. We understand it, we sympathize with his troubles and we really want things to improve for this young man who is losing ground. In many ways he looks a lot like Harry and that makes him all the more palpable to the fan that I am.
And finally, the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio have the same dynamic despite the years gone by. Harry is haunted by his memories and still has this slightly tortured, battered soul. Hermione is still “imposing” in her intelligence and strength of character and Ron… is Ron!
On the other hand, I must admit that I did not manage to see the actors of the play. It must be said that I have never seen them play and that my imagination clings tirelessly to those of the films without my being able to do anything about it…
HarryPotter_Cursed_Cast Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildFrom left to right: Ron, Hermione, Rose, Harry, Albus, Ginny, Draco and Scorpius.
Despite the fact that it is therefore a script without narration, I had no problem immersing myself in this story which I found fantastic. Of course, it doesn’t have the strength of a novel with its descriptions, its setting, etc. But strangely, it is not embarrassing and it does not prevent the imagination from fueling.
The plot is punctuated, precise, moving and each scene allows us to deepen a little more the psychology of each one and the stakes of the story. Regarding the action, believe me, you will not miss it. I will obviously not say more …
For those who hesitate to get this book in English, know that the language level is really very simple. In my opinion, anyone with a good foundation can get started without fear.