Mild spoilers ahead, so if you want to #KeepTheSecrets, don’t look now.
The reviews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are out and everywhere. We knew nothing about the play and now we know too much all at once (although, it’s still not really enough). Basically, everything is as positive as we expected it to be, but we’re interested in what the heck is going on in the story. So we’ve scoured the reviews for information and put it together in a handy dandy list.
Here’s everything we know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
You might know some of this stuff already.
The play is divided into two parts, each two and a half hours in length. Part One picks up right where Deathly Hallows ended: 19 years later. Harry and Ginny’s kid Albus Severus (an unfortunate if not meaningful name) is just starting his first year at Harry’s alma mater, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Ron and Hermione are also dropping off their kids for a year at Hogwarts and the iconic trio is still very much intact.
Albus Severus Potter is a Slytherin.
The rumors are true. Little Albus who was so afraid to be a Slytherin (the same fear his father had) is sorted right into the house he dreaded. He also meets Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son, and they become good friends.
Albus is not a mini Harry.
In fact, it looks like a lot of Albus’ motivation in the play is his feeling of inadequacy in the shadow of his father, The Great Harry Potter. Albus is unpopular and constantly trying (and failing) to live up to Harry’s name. The poor kid has trouble even getting a broom in the air. And so begins the teenage angst.
The action mostly takes place during Albus and Scorpius’ fourth year.
Feeling the crushing pressure of living up to his Potter name, Albus (along with Scorpius) uses a banned time-turner to go back in time and ‘correct one of his father’s biggest mistakes.’ Whatever that means.
We get to see scenes from the books.
Albus travels back in time to scenes from Goblet of Fire in particular and possibly others. So we get some throwback Harry too. No word on if they’re recreating that horrible mop-head look everyone had in the fourth movie. Hopefully not.
The Original Trio is busy. Too busy to be in the story.
The plot really centers around Albus, Scorpius and the whole Next Generation crew. The characters we know from the books are all there and have significant parts but seem to take on the same kind of positions adults (like Dumbledore, Sirius and the Weasleys) had in the original series.
There’s a mystery.
Who is the Cursed Child? That’s a mystery that must solved. Not unlike the questions of ‘who is the heir of Slytherin?’, ‘who is the Half Blood Prince?’ and ‘what is the last horcrux?’
The onstage magic is a miracle in itself.
Without CGI how are you recreating the magic spells and flying described in the books? We don’t know but Jamie Harrison does. The special effects in the show are apparently flawless and make magic right on the stage.
The play feels like the books.
One review said that the play included some unnecessary exposition that in any other show would be too wordy and long-winded. The difference for Harry is that the movies pared the books down so much for time, it’s refreshing to be able to see more of the story played out visually. We think most book fans would agree that we missed sassy Book-Harry in the movies.
Now we’re just super excited and wish we could see it (the show is sold out all the way through to May 2017). But don’t despair Potterheads! The script of the play is being published and it is being released on July 31. Only a few more days and we’ll know the full story.