Literature with Linda

Literature with Melinda: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Melinda Rydberg
mrydberg@css.edu

For this week’s literature recommendation, there is a style of reading that is a little bit different. In past weeks, there have been regular novels, novels with multiple stories, and even poetry books recommended. Nonetheless, this particular book is something that has not been seen yet. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling is written as a screenplay, which may seem a little daunting and not all that great. However, just like the other Harry Potter novels, this will completely transport students to a different world.

Because “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is written as a play, it is a little bit difficult to start reading if one is used to the regular book-like style of the other Harry Potter novels. Once one begins, however, it is actually quite easy to adapt and enjoy the book as much as any other. Nevertheless, reading play scripts is not the most popular thing in the world, mainly because people question why they should read a whole book with just the characters’ lines and a few side notes. The answer to this question is simple: freedom of imagination. When all one is given are the characters’ lines, they are free to use their own imagination and set the scene. They are not restricted by the script whatsoever.

This particular play by J.K. Rowling is split into two parts, and each part is further split into two acts, each with multiple scenes. The play takes place nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts in the seventh novel of the series. The main character, Harry Potter, now works for the Ministry of Magic, as do Ron and Hermione–his best friends from school. Not only that, but the three friends have all married and now have kids, who are now going to school at Hogwarts. The play revolves around Harry Potter’s youngest son, Albus, and his adventures struggling with the family legacy and darkness.

Even though reading a play script may not seem like the best way to spend one’s free time, give this one the benefit of the doubt; it will surely surprise. The story is full of unexpected happenings, and the ending is quite unpredictable. Happy reading, and come back again next week for another new novel!