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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – A REVIEW BY MALIKA GANDHI


harry-potter-and-the-cursed-childFirst things first, you will need to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, to understand Harry Potter  And The Cursed Child. There are other references too, from Book 1 and Book 2, although in my opinion, it’s not necessary to read those books to understand this theatre play.

Saying that, the majority of persons living on this planet (and those aliens from other planets we have never seen or heard of – who could have downloaded The Cursed Child via their magnificent technology – may have read it too. Hey, it may be true!)

Anyway, I liked the script and yes, I read it in a day! That, to me, is amazing and quite impressive, since I haven’t finished reading a book in ages. What’s the story, I hear you ask.

Well, it’s about two boys called Albus and Scorpius; two friends who are put in the Slytherin house. Albus is Harry and Ginny’s son (they have three in total), and Scorpius is Draco Malfoy’s son. We also get to see the original cast – Harry, Ron, Hermione, with Draco and Ginny.

The story weaves in and out of timelines that is more complicated than the one in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Albus and Scorpius are in the middle of these adventures and accidently on purpose (you will know what I mean) change the present and the future, thus creating an alternative timeline. (It reminded me of Back to the Future…)

I can picture JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne going crazy writing this crazy stuff (I said crazy twice, didn’t I?) making sure nothing was missed out!

So, back to the review, I loved the fact that JK Rowling gave us glimpses of Snape, Professor McGonagall and Professor Dumbledore, even if he was in a painting form. At times, I forgot I was reading a script for a theatre play, and thought I was reading a real book.

There are a lot of twists and turns in The Cursed Child, which was a delight to read. You are taken back into the magical world of Hogwarts! However, I will not reveal any spoilers, on no.

So, this was my review. I could go on forever, but then I would be revealing spoilers, and that is just wrong. So if you haven’t already read the play/book, do it now. You won’t be disappointed!

My Favourite Characters – Mr. Darcy


In this section, I will talk about my favourite characters. Today, I will talk about Mr.Darcy.

Yes, the infamous Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  A classic characterisation from an era which still intrigues me. There is something about the early 19th century – which is where the story is set – the romantic association with the language, the dress, the carriages, the living and then the pairing of a suitable man and woman. Pride and Prejudice fits all.

When one hears the words ‘Pride’ and ‘Prejudice’, one thinks of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Their love for one another, although not apparent at first, sparks something in the reader’s mind and heart.  Their brooding, intense relationship is something that everyone talks about. Both are stubborn and set in their ways and that is what the romantic loves.

Mr Darcy’s character was cleverly written; his reluctance of engaging in a relationship, his wise perception of people and his caring nature; a quality? I nod my head enthusiastically. If I talk about Mr Darcy, I have to speak of Elizabeth Bennet, for you cannot mention one without the other. In her heart, she seeks only him but cannot help but be disappointed by what she hears and judges. There is sizzling chemistry underneath their feigned ignorance of one another and the reader reads on eagerly to finally witness their declaration of love.

Generations have found Mr. Darcy dashing beyond means. From the time he was created to now, he still ‘lives’ with us. Countless books, articles and films have been written and made. Mr. Darcy has been worshipped at different levels, maybe even spiritually.

In the books we write, the journals we scribble in, perhaps there is a Mr Darcy present? Perhaps somewhere his qualities emerge in our writings, in some form or another. I sure hope so.