Book Review: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Throne

Genre: Fantasy

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.

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**Contains some SPOILERS**

Any Harry Potter fan should give this book a chance. I was very skeptical at first seeing as this is a script book and not an actual ‘book’ book, but I wasn’t let down. And script book or not, even with all the bad things that’s going around with people being disappointed with all the crazy stuff that happens, this is a book that you just have to read to get back into the Harry Potter world that you’ve missed so much (I know I missed the Harry Potter world). Its the continuation of our beloved characters. We get see how and what they’re doing since defeating Voldemort. Sadly, we don’t read about Luna or Neville, but we get to see a softer almost understanding side of Draco. By the end of the book though, I feel sad for him and I have made room for him in heart.

The script mainly follows Harry middle child, Albus Severus. At times I found him to be a prat, but then again looking at it through his eyes you can see where his defiance comes from. He’s sick of everyone envying his Father, thinking so highly of him and his family. The expectations of Albus are high and Albus himself isn’t sure if he can live up to those standards. Those expectations come crashing down when he’s sorted into a house other than Gryffindor. The one thing that didn’t settle well at first was how awful Harry was as a Father to Albus. He was kind of acting as Dumbledore did to him his fifth year. Ignoring him at times and hoping it will all resolve itself.

Straight away Albus makes a friend on the train, a friend that Rose (Ron and Hermione’s daughter) insists is crucial. Just as their parents had on their first ride to Hogwarts. Turns out that Albus’s life long friend is destined to be Scorpius Malfoy. Who would thought that would’ve happened. Who would’ve thought that Scorpius would be nothing like his father was portrayed as in the Harry Potter series either.I will admit that their relationship over the length of the book seemed a bit…gay, but Scorpius is quite infatuated with Rose. Now that’s a marriage I  would love to see since Draco and Ron still have snide remarks for each other. Together Albus and Scoripus are two dimwits that turn outcast very fast. With Albus in the ‘wrong’ house and Scoripus being bullied for rumors of him being Voldemort’s child, the road of Hogwarts is rough for the both of them.

The true crazy stuff happens when Amos Diggory goes to Harry’s house insistent that the Ministry has a time turner, which he wants Harry to use to go back in time to save his son Cedric. Since Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement, he would know about the raids the ministry is doing in collecting and destroying all time turners. He claims the ministry doesn’t have one, but they do. Amos’s words of how many people have to die for the chosen one before he does something resonates with Albus. He then takes it into his own hands to steal the time turner and save Cedric. He enlists the help of Scorpius as well as Amos’s niece, Delphi.

The three of them, or two of them go back in time not once, twice, or even three times in efforts of either stopping Cedric from winning TriWizard Tournament tasks or just fixing the ripple effect from changing the past. They changed it so much that at times our beloved trio was completely different. Ron and Hermione weren’t married, Harry dead, Umbridge the Head Master of Hogwarts, Cedric survived to become a death eater that killed Neville, and new dark age upon the world. But looking at it now, that crazy stuff isn’t too far off from what Harry, Hermione, and Ron did when they were at Hogwarts. Yes, Harry expresses that he didn’t ask for it, it just came to him, whereas Albus asked for every bit of his messed up adventures.

Characters that are dead came back in these alternative realities, such as Snape. His end was just as sad as it was in the final book. You got to see more of his heart and love for Lily. It was stronger, since he couldn’t save Harry (in this reality Harry is dead) he has dedicated his life to try to make it right. Dumbledore made appearances in his painting, giving his thought provoking advice. I’ve giving some spoilers away, but I won’t tell you the biggest one of all. Of course, there has to be a villain, someone equal so to say to Voldemort. That news will remain for those that read it.

It will have you laughing at times and crying at others, but that’s the true joy of Harry Potter. Overall, this book shows you real life family situations and emotions. No matter who you are you will have misunderstandings and hard times. You’ll see that the meanest person could just be the kindest person. And just because you have a storybook life doesn’t mean that things come easy to you. This story is more about parents and children, learning from mistakes and realizing what you have isn’t all that bad.

Love blinds all.

5 Stars

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