Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Cover Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter (Book 8)
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books; Special Rehearsal ed. edition
July 31, 2016
320 pages

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

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."

When I first heard that another Harry Potter book was being published, I, like most Harry Potter fans, was super excited. I knew before the release that I would buy the physical book. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Kindles, and to be honest most of my novels are on Kindle, but I wanted a copy of Harry Potter in my hands.

Exclusive Books hosted a Midnight Party for the launch of the book. The launch itself comprised of Harry Potter fans dressed up as their favourite character, waiting in line to purchase a book.

After waiting in line for 4 hours I finally had my book and was a little disappointed by the format (written as a stage play script). I should have known with all the media around the play in London that the book would be a script. In that moment logic did not surface and was, therefore, heartbroken.

A couple of months later I gave the book a chance and I loved every single page. The book is set 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts and the death of “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” (Lord Voldemort). The irony is that he actually gets named quite a lot in this book.

The book follows Harry Potter’s youngest son (Albus Severus Potter) and his struggle of being the son of ‘The Harry Potter’ which doesn’t seem quite fun. I grew attached very quickly to Albus but the character that had my heart throughout the book was actually Scorpius Malfoy. Scorpius is sweet, kind, caring and braver than everyone thinks.


And Scorpius is a follower, not a leader despite what I’ve tried to instill in him. So it’s undoubtedly Albus who got him from that train and my question is, where would he take him?”

I really like the story about how distant a father and son can grow when there is a misunderstanding between the two. Misunderstandings grow to resentment very quickly in the book and that leads Albus down the path he is on.


Albus and I had an argument, the day before last.



HARRY hesitated and then makes brave eye contact with DRACO


And I told him that there were times when I wished he weren’t my son

Talk about heartbreak.

At moments in the book, I missed the descriptive and picturesque way J.K. Rowling wrote the previous Harry Potter books and felt that the script format was lacking in terms of drawing you into the world. All the time travel in the book without the descriptions had me relying a lot on my memory of the scenes from the movies and previous books.

It was really great being immersed in a Harry Potter story again. J.K. Rowling has truly created a masterpiece with the Harry Potter wizarding world and I am dying to read and watch Fantastic Beasts.

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