The Ordinary Tale of The Once Extraordinary!


The announcement that there was going to be another book in the Harry Potter series was music to the ears of Potterheads all across the globe. Ever since the news, most fans, including myself, had been expectantly waiting for 31st July, 2016, the birthday of ‘the Boy Who Lived’ and our queen, J.K. Rowling and the chance to relive the magic of our childhood, through the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. Unearthing our box of memories, we had held our dusty handmade wands along with all the other collected memorabilia, eager to be transported back to the world of witchcraft and adventure.

The magic arrived in a package. And then it vanished.

The latest book in the exceptional series was, alas, a disappointment. Being used to the brilliance of J.K. Rowling’s exceptional writing skills, this play could not quite satisfy the readers. Though it was Rowling’s concept, it was Jack Thorne who wrote the outline, while John Tiffany directed the play. The plot was certainly bewitching, but the manner in which the story was told, couldn’t live up to the magnificence of its predecessors.

The story is essentially about Harry and his son Albus’s fractured relationship and Albus and Scorpius’s (Draco’s son) heart warming friendship. The writers have focused solely on these aspects, while ignoring to even mention some of the beloved characters including most of the Weasleys, Teddy Lupin, among others while giving miniscule attention to fan favourites like Hagrid and Fred. Ginny Potter does not identify with her former fiery self, rather she just exists to berate but mostly support Harry. Ron is the comic relief while Draco is the clichéd ‘bad guy turned good’ with some semblance to his previously evil self . Harry is petulant and peevish. Minerva Mcgonagall, the woman of sass and intellect, is shown to be irritable. Albus and Scorpius’s friendship, though beautiful, seemed rushed. The villain fails to be as fearsome as Voldermort. Hermione is the only strong character and the voice of reason in this otherwise chaotic tale. The whole story is hurried and leaves us with a feeling of dissatisfaction.

The story which was expected to give some closure to the Harry Potter fandom, only accomplished to tarnish the memory of the wonderful story. Instead of getting to revisit the magic, we had to settle for a ghost of the original tale. With dashed hopes, we now have no choice, but to turn to poorly written fan fiction, compared to which ‘The Cursed Child’ can only boast to be somewhat better.

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Rupal Chopra

Rupal Chopra (Department of Economics, PU Campus)

A kaleidoscopic swirl of the luminous colours of happiness, adventure, humour, love, friendship and art is basically who I am, along with quite a strong wave of irony. Also, I am having an affair with my tv and a multitide of novels.


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