Author: J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter #8
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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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.
Wow, what a surprise it has been with this book/script. When I first heard about a new Harry Potter play and book coming out, you betcha I went and pre ordered a copy straight away! I picked it up at midnight on release date and started reading as soon as I got home. I just had to know what happened in this new tale about Harry. I finished the book at 3pm on release day, having a good rest in between amongst other things but in all honesty, I should have just stayed up all night and read it as I think it only would’ve taken me another hour to finish it. That is how quick of a read I found it. But then you know, it is a script and script’s have such big gaps that I’m not surprised I got through it so quickly.
I thought that Cursed Child had a really interesting story line and was really fast paced, but then I gather that the fact this is a play really contributed to this. The other thing to this is that it focuses more on Albus Potter rather than Harry himself, which was interesting, though the golden trio and Ginny showed up a fair amount. Because of the story line, and a pretty good knowledge of the Wizarding world, I found it so easy to slip straight back into the story and could imagine things so well. The little stage/director notes (is that what they’re called? I can’t remember what the proper name is for them!) in the book really helped to set the scene as well. I don’t want to go into too much detail about the story line as I realise I’m posting this the day after the release of the script, so I don’t want to ruin or spoil it for anybody else! However, there were parts in the story that surprised me as I totally wasn’t expecting them.
In terms of characters, there aren’t many new introductions as we’ve already been introduced to all the characters in this play in previous books, and our golden trio are just as they were before although older! I just want to say that I love Scorpius Malfoy and I feel like I can say this as other people have mentioned him featuring in this book on twitter.
The only ‘issue’ I have with this book, that isn’t really that much of an issue, is that after Deathly Hallows, I’d already plotted out what happened after the last sentence in my head, such as the trio all living happily ever after and their kids being totally fine and all of that jazz, whereas this kind of messed up my vision a bit. The other ‘issue’ I have with this is that I wish that it was a real, long Harry Potter book with all of the description and all that jazz instead of play because basically, I WANT MORE HARRY!
All in all, I give it 4 stars. It was wonderful to be sucked into a new Harry Potter story, though it really made me miss the other seven books. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to pick this up at midnight as I was never able to do that with the first seven Harry Potter books, so it was a totally new experience for me, and I was so happy that I was able to read it as soon as I got it! I’d really love to be able to see the Cursed Child play, so let’s hope that I get tickets some time soon!