Book Review: Heads You Win

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Can't recall the last time I read a play.  No, I never read a William Shakespeare play in its original form.   I was quite curious to know what J K Rowling had taken Harry Potter beyond the seven book series.   The play is actually written by Jack Thorne and based on the original story by Thorne, J K Rowling and John Tiffany.

The play starts with Harry's child Albus Severus Potter starting his first year in Hogwarts (similar to the first book in the Harry Potter series).   His sister Lily is small.  In the Station, they meet Ron and Hermione and their daughter Lily.  Albus is tense since he is unsure which school house he is going to get into.  In the train, they meet Scorpius - son of Draco Malfoy.  Surprisingly Albus and Scorpius hit off though Lily cannot take it.   The sorting hat assigns Albus to Slytherin, much to the surprise of all.

Albus has difficulty thanks to his father's reputation preceding him.  Scorpius on the other hand has a different issue - rumours have it that he may be the son of Voldermort.

Time flies.

Harry and Hermione work in the Ministry of Magic.  They get a Time-Turner, a device that can take people back in time when capturing Thedore Nott.  This is an illegal device and hence kept safely in Hermione's office.

Harry and Albus have father-son relationship issues.  In the meanwhile, Cedric Diggory's father meets Harry and asks about the Time Turner since he still can't forget his son, who died in the hands of Voldermort.  He is accompanied by Delphi, his niece.

Albus eavesdrops on the conversation.  He is also charmed by Delphi.

Albus and Scorprio escape from Hogwarts Express and meet up Delphi, where they hatch a plan to go back and time and bring back Cedric.  Harry begins to have pain in his scar - a sign that Voldermort is active somewhere someway.

Do Albus and Scorpio succeed?   Do Albus and Harry mend fences?  How do Draco and Harry come together for their sons' sake?  Is Voldermort not dead after all?  The rest of the play takes us rapidly through various scenes that unravel this.

The play is fast-paced - I would say, faster than the book.  The scenes shift quickly and the action is non-stop.  Understandable since the play has a time limit!  It is a magical world after all and hence we shouldn't wonder how Time Turners work and go exactly to the desired time.  And the device is not flawless after all.  Of course, we now have grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione.  Albus and Scorpius take the center-stage.   A good read and a good deal lighter on the violence of the previous books!