Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Book Review
Series: Harry Potter #8
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
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 Potter and the Cursed Child is the eight ‘book’ in the Harry Potter series. The script of the recently released play in London, it follows the story of Albus Potter as he struggles with his father’s legacy. Albus is quickly pulled into a dark plot that includes none other than the Dark Lord himself.
The most important thing to remember about this book is that it is supposed to be viewed rather than read. I forgot that throughout and felt a little disappointed by the story or lack of it. The story was in my opinion a little flat and disjointed at times.
One thing I will say about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was I loved being back in the world again, the characters were just as real and loved as they always have been in my mind. The problems I had with the story will probably work magnificently on the stage. I might have to buy tickets to see how well it goes.
It wasn’t the best and I think I had built it up a lot in my mind and the payoff wasn’t there. I do think the fact that it wasn’t visual was a massive part of this, I kind of wish I hadn’t read it and waited to see the play first.
I loved the integration of old and new. The continuation of the various stories but also the new characters and rumours. It was welldone and I was pleasantly surprised by the way the story panned out. I thought it was original and really didn’t see the ending coming if I’m totally honest, something that J K Rowling hasn’t lost it seems.
Was the story the best I’ve ever read? No, but I did enjoy it. It was the perfect gateway back into a world that seemed to have finished.
There was a perfect balance in the old and new characters, neither outshined the other and they both melded well. There was never an old character reintroduced for any other reason other than they added to the story at that moment.
The main character to our story. He is struggling under the weight of his father’s legacy and his failures. I liked Albus more than Harry’s other kids. I know, blatant favouritism, but he was the most relatable even in the epilogue. His struggles are what you would expect from a kid with the world’s saviour as a Dad. We watched Harry struggle with the weight of having to save the world and now his son is going through the same thing.
Although his struggles don’t have the weight of the world hanging on them, that doesn’t make them any less real for Albus. The beauty of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is that it shows Albus’ problems as being real, even though there isn’t any importance to the rest of the world.
I have so much love for this kid. He embodies all the things that Draco Malfoy wanted to be at school but didn’t have the courage for. He is kind and he looks after his friends. I think his relationship with his father is really telling. The love that Malfoy was missing from Lucius is evident in the way he interacts with his own son. He was one of my favourites.
The Golden Trio
They hadn’t changed. I liked that. They each took the qualities that had when at Hogwarts and transferred it into their adult lives. It was impressive to see. Harry was brave and self-sacrificing as he always had been but watching him struggle with making that specific to his children was something that was fascinating.
Hermione and Ron hadn’t changed. They bickered like they were an old married couple, there were just rings to prove it this time. They were great together, in fact it was everything I imagined it would be… even the problems. Reading about Hermione’s problem solving and mind work over matters was like being home, and watching Ron trying to beat someone up was like greeting an old friend.
Would I recommend it?
Oh yeah. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an okay sequel to the books and I’m off to buy tickets for the stage show. So pick it up and fall in love with the characters and the world all over again.
Are you a Harry Potter fan? What did you think about this take on the story? Were there any nice surprises? Let me know in the comments!