harry potter and the cursed child; a review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Photo by Kelly Toye

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Photo by Kelly Toye.

Book 24 of 2016

Everyone has an opinion on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, including me. Upon beginning my new HP journey, I reminded myself that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play. It’s not a deep, five-hundred-page novel full of back story and heavy details of emotion. It. Is. A. Play. I like reading plays well-enough, but I had to remind myself that it wasn’t the Harry Potter depth I was used, and by reminding myself of this I knew I was less likely to be disappointed.

That being said, I fully allowed myself to be taken on an eighth magical journey away from my reality that is known as the land of non-muggles… and I was swept away. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. I found the play enchanting; I envisioned myself sitting in a London theatre watching Albus Potter’s story come to life. I could picture the set changes when the time traveling device was used, and could envision actors entering and exiting the stage. Reading the story was magical in my own head, so I can’t imagine how exciting the live play must be.

For those Harry Potter fans don’t know what the play is about (I’m assuming you live under a rock), the story centers around Albus Potter, one of Harry’s sons. Albus is unlike his siblings and feels like a loner as he boards the Hogwarts express. He makes a surprising best friend, Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius, at Hogwarts, and both boys are sorted into the Slytherin House. The fact that Scorpius is an extremely sweet and likeable character really redeemed Draco and the Slytherin house for me.

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rumour has it that Voldermort has an heir, and it is thought to be Scorpius. Even Harry doesn’t want Albus to be hanging around with his only friend. In this respect, it’s fascinating to read about Harry and Ginny navigating parenthood. Even though Harry was also a boy who often felt so alone like his son, Albus finds it extremely difficult to relate to is father and pushes him away. Soon the reader learns that there is truth behind the rumours of a Voldermort heir, and soon the entire cast is knee-deep in danger, causing Harry to worry more and more about his son.

I won’t give away any spoilers who haven’t yet read the play, but I am a huge fan of it! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had me up late, flipping through the pages, hungry to get to the bittersweet ending. Whether it’s a play, an article, novella or a novel, J.K Rowling could write just about anything in Harry’s world, and I’m pretty sure I would love it.  Hopefully there’s more to come.

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