It should come as no surprise that I haven’t read Harry Potter, as I talk about this quite openly. However, there are a few newbies swarming around the blog (hello, you – glad you could make it!) and please, don’t be shocked! There are multiple reasons of why I haven’t read the books and none of them include me thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy them in every way possible. I did watch the movies, all of them several times, and I know that’s not the same as reading the books, but I still developed this sentimentality for the story and now with the play being released, I wanted to be part of the hype.
First, I think this format (meaning it being a play) is not for everyone. I am very used to scripts, because I went to film school and we were supposed to read them all the time. There is a difference between movie/TV scripts and theater ones, but they are close enough for me to enjoy them just the same. I’ve always been a sucker for dialogue, so it’s really right down my alley.
So, now comes the difficult part – how to tell you everything I want to say without spoiling you. This story was not without fault. I much more preferred Part I than I did Part II, because that’s when everything got really wonky. In my opinion, and I think many HP fans will agree with that, not everything that happens is conform with the original timeline … and I am not just saying this because they are messing with time in the play. All that aside though, I found it really enjoyable.
The old characters felt true to their former selves but also developed, as they naturally would have since they’d grown up quite a bit. There were some surprising appearances that I personally quite appreciated, but others that were lacking (Neville, Hugo, Teddy, …), but then again I understand that they can’t have EVERYONE in this play. There is limited space (even though they definitely don’t skim on locations) and also people. The more characters there are, the less you can focus on the ones that are supposed to take center stage.
I am among the very many people that really loved Scorpius (HE’S MY LITTLE BUTTERCUP – DEAL WITH IT!), but I also liked Albus a lot. I would lie if I said that I didn’t see the queer baiting there … but what can you do? If they say they are straight, we are going to have to live with that. They weren’t the only new characters of course, but I am sad to say that I either can’t tell you anything about the others or that they are seriously lacking in page time. However, it is all the better to see the boys relationships with their respective fathers! Draco grew into the person I always hoped he would be and Harry … well, he is trying. There has been a lot of discussion about whether he is a bad father or not and that is one of the few things where I truly feel like he made a lot of wrong choices here and is not the Harry we all knew. I get that Albus can be a difficult kid, but I still didn’t agree with all of his parenting.
In the end, I like what they worked through in the story. They made some odd choices here and there that are surely up for discussion, but I feel that a lot of it has to do with the format and less with them not thinking it through properly or purposely wanting to imply something. In my head I saw everything play out like a movie and I cannot really imagine it fully as a play, but now I am kind of interested in seeing it one day.
Fazit: 4/5 stars! Maybe not a perfect sequel, but definitely one that opens up a lot more possibilities in the future.
So, what’s your stance on TCC and HP in general? I am all up for discussion in the comments!