Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Written by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne. Directed by John Tiffany
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London last week to mixed reviews by British theatre critics. Cultural website The Ringer panned it: “It’s cheesy and clumsy; future generations of unlucky actors will have to deliver the line ‘My geekness is a-quivering’ with a semi-straight face”. The Telegraph gave it five stars, calling it “a magical show with a strong emotional core”. The Guardian said: “Emotional punch, rich suspense and dazzling effects make for all-round magic in the latest twist in Harry Potter’s tale”, but The Atlantic called it “Harry Potter and the Curse of Contiuation”. Variety gave it a thumbs-up: “A captivating story given a spectacular staging....”. Twenty years ago, Harry Potter turned a generation onto reading. The Cursed Child could do the same for theatre, it said. Vanity Fair sums up: “It picks up where The Deathly Hallows left off, telling an engrossing story about Harry’s son, Albus, and his friendship with Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius.... It also dwells on Harry’s life as a father, struggling with the effects of his parentless childhood....” The script is released in book form and is available in Indian bookstores.