There could not have been a better restaurant choice for this book--props to Megan, who didn't actually know how zany the place was when she picked it. Though the décor and costumed waiters clearly appeal to children, the staff's friendliness and enthusiasm made us feel welcome. They set us up in "the library," a private room decorated with sawed off book spines from the likes of James Patterson and Reader's Digest condensed books. The place has an adult beverage menu with dry ice bubbly "potions." You can choose from red, blue, green, yellow, or UGLY. Also, the salad bar is atop a 1952 MG-TD Roadster.
Here's the set-up: Harry Potter is about 40 and has a crappy relationship with his younger son Albus Severus, who is a third-year at Hogwarts during the main action of the book. Harry and Albus can't seem to understand each other because Albus, having been sorted into Slytherin, hates the weight of his family's legacy and Harry can't figure out how to parent (Harry, by the way, is a shadow of his former plucky self). To add to the tension, Albus' only friend in the world happens to be Scorpius Malfoy, who is, surprisingly, the complete opposite of Draco's character. But their happiness comes under fire because Harry can't let them be friends when Scorpius may actually be the secret son of Voldemort.
At this point you may be thinking, "This sounds an awful lot like the plot of The Lion King 2."
And, of course, the main plot device involves a time-turner. Yet again we have a follow-up to a beloved franchise trying to capitalize on the nostalgia of the original story by simply replaying some emotional scenes. There are a few twists in the play, which I will refrain from revealing here, but with an incoherent plot, bastardization of characters you love, and stupid dialogue, I can hardly recommend purchasing this $30 travesty.
His broom doesn't move. Not even a millimeter. He stares at it with disbelieving
desperation. There's giggling from the rest of the class.