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If you are one of the millions of Harry Potter fans around the world, you would have spent quite some time fantasizing about the adventures of the new generation of wizards would take after their last appearance in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After years of patient waiting and soaring through rumors, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was finally published on July 31. The script was written by J.K. Rowling, the author of the original series, as well as Jack Thorne, an English screenwriter and playwright.

The script begins at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Albus Severus Potter’s journey as he develops friendship with Scorpius Malfoy. In order to try to fix the chaotic past, the two characters go on a time travel adventure.

Like all the seven books of the original series, the Harry Potter magic has worked itself into the sequel. Though filled with unexpected twists and exciting turns are revealed throughout the script, there is no shortage of touching scenes. The most beloved characters of the original series are revealed ingeniously, portraying both their maturity and their personality. Starting from the Tri-wizard tournament to Professor McGonagall, readers can delve into both the past and the future of the “wizarding” world.

Yet, there were some imperfections to the otherwise perfect story. To much of the readers’ dismay, J.K. Rowling’s typical detailed style was lost in the transition of the book to script. Furthermore, due to insufficient detail, much of the plot was left unexplained; it lacked character thought, and the readers could not empathize as well as they had while reading the books. Much of these problems resulted in a writing piece that gave the impression like it had zero contribution from the original author.

Though the script was not the “thirst-quenching” masterpiece that fans had expected, it did answer the countless “what ifs” that the fans had in mind since the publishing of the original series. It was as if the new play was a personalized response from J.K. Rowling to the countless tweets and speculations about the future of her beloved characters. The script touched up on the possibility of time travel long enough to both fix and ruin every problem and solution that the characters of the original series had gone through. Readers were able to explore the possibility of a future with Voldemort as the winner of the Battle of Hogwarts, as well as the possibility of different alternate universes.

Although there were some minor flaws with the script, like a warm Butterbeer in a cold winter day, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a masterful gift to the “Harry Potter” fans around the world, putting together the intricate puzzles of the world of wizardry.

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Andrea Jiwon Kwon

Andrea Kwon is a junior reporter of Tiger Times.

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