“The awkward hero of the first half is Albus Severus, Harry’s middle child, dwarfed by his cocky, popular older brother, James, and his father’s impossible fame as The Boy Who Lived… Thorne’s Harry Potter, all grown up, features prominently in the play, and the tension between him and his son is one of the most frustrating plot points, born out of dramatic necessity and riddled with cliché and angsty platitudes (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/08/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-review/493964/).” Considering this plot point, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be a good story for a classroom. When a child is brought up with a parent or sibling who excels in athletics, academics or any other genre, the child could feel inadequate or that she needs to be something that she is not. Not only that, but if a child is influenced by a great football player (such as his father or brother) but really wants to be an artist, he may look for other ways, good or bad, to show who he really is.
The world shown in Harry Potter is not a world that we would truly ever see. Although it is fictional, a child can really “escape” into the world that J.K. Rowling has provided with seven other books and have captivated her audience for almost twenty years. Reading any of the Harry Potter books is an excellent way to avoid a negative self-image and to go to a place where one feels “OK.” This latest Harry Potter fiction is not a disappointment. It provides this same escapism that can be both healthy and fascinating.
The plot development through her new play, co-written by Jack Thorne, is different from her previous books since it is a play and not a novel. The play consists of two acts. Although it is a shorter story overall (compared to her novels), one is really captured again by the world of Harry Potter. It is easy, in the first act, for the reader to think he has the story all figured out. Surprisingly, the second act really throws something entirely unsuspected at the reader, making it impossible to put the book down, until it is finished! This is another reason the play is a good story for the classroom – a child who cannot wait to finish a book is so much better off than the child who wants to quit and not finish what she started.