Guys, guys. I know how you feel.
I’m lucky enough to have tickets for the show, but even though I’m a massive theatre geek, I wish JKR had written a novel instead.
A lot of people fell in love with reading through Potter. A lot of us already loved to read, but had never found a book as game- and life-changing as when we read Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. It seems like a bit of a slap in the face, therefore, that the 8th story has been reserved for such a select group of people.
But, however much we want another book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play, not a novel. It’s a speaking text, not a reading text. It’s to be seen, not imagined. I’m not saying don’t read the script – I’ve got it, of course – but please reserve your judgement until you manage to see the show.
Seriously, have you ever read a playscript in English class, and then seen it performed later? If so, you’ll know there’s a huge difference between reading something like Shakespeare and then seeing it live. I bet you never laughed once at A Midsummer Night’s Dream when you read it in class, but trust me, the stage breathes life into stories in a way you can’t picture until you’re there. It’s not meant to be read. The only reason we even have a playscript is to act as a cheaper alternative and make it more accessible, but it’s NOT the same thing.
I’m seeing Cursed Child this weekend – pause to hyperventilate – so I haven’t read the script yet because I want to be surprised. I understand, therefore, if you think I’m being self-important by telling you to reserve judgement when I don’t even know what the story entails. But I know theatre. And I know we have to trust J. K. Rowling, and trust the real-life magic that is the theatre industry. See the show (even if you can’t get tickets, it’s bound to end up on YouTube eventually) then if you still hate it, that’s fine. But the script – the rehearsal script, no less – is the bare bones, and the play? The play’s the thing.
(Also, I feel like it’s not clear enough. The title is a reference to the ‘Treachery of Images’ painting by Magritte. I feel like it’s no longer funny and just kind of pretentious. Sorry guys. Don’t hate me.)