(based on a story by JK Rowling, and in collaboration with John Tiffany)
Many years after the end of the Harry Potter series, a new story starts centered on the children of several characters of the original series. In play form.
I have mixed feelings about this play. On the one hand, it was fun to hear more about What Comes Later. I didn’t mind the epilogue of Book 7, and I liked seeing what it was like for the future generation of the wizarding world. On the other hand, there was a lot of this story that felt off. For example:
- There was too much revisiting the old series, down to full-on dialogue, with a few tweaks. I would have preferred fewer scenes simply regurgitated from the books, and I would have preferred those that were revisited to be revisited faithfully, without liberties taken in dialogue.
- The characterization and writing felt very not-Rowling. I won’t go into details because it would involve spoilers, but there are definitely things I never would have expected certain characters (like Voldemort) to do. I have a hard time believing it.
- This doesn’t read like a play. This reads like a play that has been semi-novelized for reading purposes. I know that most people probably appreciate that, but I’ve been reading scripts on their own since my mid-teens, and would have just preferred a straight-up script.
- A lot of the story was very predictable. There were a few surprises – mostly because of the liberties taken with certain characters – but mostly it was easy to predict in advance.
- There were also some serious consistency issues, especially regarding some of the time-travel stuff. Again, can’t say more without spoilers.
- I didn’t feel like I got to know the new characters very well at all, and I really would have liked to, especially Scorpius.
Despite all that, I did enjoy the play somewhat, especially in the second half. I just felt like it could have been so much more, and it fell short of that mark. I’m unlikely to reread the book, but at least for awhile, I plan to keep it snuggled up to the rest of my Harry Potter series.
Is it weird that the thing that is turning me off the most is the name Scorpius? I’m sorry but nobody would do that to their kid. 😉 Seriously though, I am 99% sure that I would rather just keep the books in their hallowed places in my heart and pretend this isn’t out there to be read.
Heh, I don’t mind Scorpius because it’s obviously a Malfoy tradition. They don’t care much about what’s going on outside the wizarding world, and it must be a status mark or something. 😀