The Cursed Child Book Review

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

The Cursed Child is the new release in collaboration of JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on the Harry Potter series. It is written in a script form that started in the Epilogue of Deathly Hallows. Nineteen years after the events of The Battle of Hogwarts.

It’s been years since I’ve first read Harry Potter series and until now, I’m still a Potterhead. I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. I grew up reading the books, watching the films and even listening to the audiobook thousands of times. I was too excited since JK Rowling announce that there will be another Harry Potter book. I have no idea what it’s all about but I had doubts since it’s in script form. I’ve read mixed reviews about the Cursed Child on Goodreads. I was reluctant to read this but my curiosity got the better of me.

Things have changed after nineteen years after Battle of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione have their own family and work. Harry Potter an overworked employee of Minister for Magic as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, a husband and a father to three children;  Albus Severus Potter and James Sirius Potter and Lily Luna Potter. Hermione Granger works at Minister for Magic and now married to Ron Weasley who manages Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes who has two children;  Rose and Hugo Granger-Weasley.

Albus Severus Potter is the main protagonist in this novel, son of Harry and Ginny Potter. He struggles being compared to his father’s legacy. He was sorted to House Slytherin and befriended Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. Together, they must seek the Time Turner and bring back the past.

JK Rowling’s writing style is undoubtedly amazing. We know how vivid and compelling she writes. She has a way of making it tug at our heartstrings. Reading Cursed Child was an okay read but it didn’t exceed the GREATNESS of other Harry Potter books. Maybe because of the way it is written but it looks like a Harry Potter fan fiction. There were some highlight worthy lines I love. JK Rowling never fails to insinuate and leave us with life changing lessons. like this one:

“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”

“In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

“Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.”

I’m used to reading books with descriptions. It was the first time I’ve read a book in script form. It’s fast paced and one sitting read. While reading this, the script format didn’t bother me at all. I flew through it. There were some parts I love and parts that didn’t work out for me.

I was too surprised to see Harry’s character. It wasn’t THE Harry Potter I knew. He’s kind of overprotective. I love the plot but I wish I knew more about Albus and Scorpius. I wish they include James Sirius Potter, Lily Luna Potter and Hugo Granger-Weasley.

“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”

The plot is set between past and present. There were scenes that I felt nostalgic. I miss those characters who became a huge part of Harry Potter series especially Professor Dumbledore and Severus Snape.  I admire Scorpius and Albus’ friendship. They grew strong and determined more like a Gryffindor-Slytherin. Time travel is one of the my fave genre that’s why I appreciated this. They use time turner and there were some characters who showed up.

Albus’ character is different from Harry Potter. I hated him at first. Things won’t happen if it’s not for his decisions but in the end, he learned from his mistakes. I fell in love with Scorpius Malfoy’s  character. He’s different from his rude, arrogant and bully father. Although Draco changed for good in this book. Draco and Harry became a father I knew they would be.

I’m torn between rating this 3.5 or 4 out of 5. It didn’t exceed my love for the seven Harry Potter books but It also didn’t disappoint me. It was an okay read. I hope it’s better to watch this live on stage. Maybe the actress and actors will give justice to the book. I recommend this to all Harry Potter fans whether you’re teenagers or adults.

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