Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A stirring, complex tale

Aug 01, 2016 06:30 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The plot washes you over; the characters submerge you with their lives; and the simple act of turning crisp, untouched pages becomes your Holy Grail. Rest your fears, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will devour you. Just like the rest of the franchise, the Cursed Child will gift you the magic you wanted all over again.

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It will stir your soul and ignite the delirious joy of returning to the world of Harry Potter again. It will transport you to Hogwarts’ dancing staircases, to the green expanse of the Quidditch field, to the majestic corridors of Ministry of Magic and most importantly, to your childhood.

It’s been 22 years, and the scar hurts again. There are remnants of the past threatening to irreparably alter the present, and a new villain is in the making. There are rumours and secrets brewing in the wizarding world. The new evil does not reveal his/ her identity till the second part of the play.

JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany have created a spectacular 330-page drama that is as gripping as the novels, but amazingly, without the fantasy fiction prototype theme of a hero with a quest. The story has no single hero to claim — not Albus, not Scorpius and not even Harry.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story of unlikely friends, of the vulnerability of relationships, of familial histories and how every connecting thread is a knot away from being tang led into a glaring mess. Obviously, it is a delicate interspersion of past, present and future— the perfect sequel to an epic story.

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    Prerna Madan is a multimedia content curator with HT Online. She thrives on the adrenalin rush in the newsroom, loves everything from football to books, and in her spare time, binges on F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Harry Potter.

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