Nineteen years later prophecies came true, the magical ether aligned and a new Harry Potter story came out. It might not be a book in the traditional sense, but The Cursed Child has sold an astronomical number of copies, with midnight events, preorder madness and the same race to finish that met the last books in the series.
Unfortunately, while it's entirely fabulous to be immersed in the Wizarding World once more, something feels a little bit broken. It's not quite the black mirror parallel universe that appears in the play itself, it's just that there are things that feel a little too... odd. That's along with some stunning revelations, narrative twists and unexpected cameos that make this play a magical story.
Obviously the requirements for a stage play are different to books and film, and the call for more silliness and more of a pantomime spirit are inevitable, but The Cursed Child at times feels like giddy fan fiction, and the WTF count in there is pretty amazing.
Behold, the topsy turvy world of The Cursed Child. And that's before any time turners were even used...
OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE MASSIVE SPOILERS WITHIN. DON'T SAY YOU WEREN'T WARNED.