Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling & John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Book Review #86

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. 

Writers: John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Publication: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover, Special Rehearsing Edition

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Pages: 328 pages

My rating: 4/5

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. 

The format of this book, since it is a script, had definitely took me a bit of time to get used to. But once I’ve gotten used to it, I couldn’t put it down. I just need to know what happens in the end. 

It’s a bit weird to see Harry and pretty much everyone else all so grown up! Hermione is the Minister of Magic, not a surprise there. It is quite odd that Harry is the Minister of Law. The job doesn’t really suit him, to be honest. Ron and Ginny will always be themselves. They have not changed. There were times when Draco Malfoy was acting immature like he used to be but once the breeze has passed, we get to see a glimpse of new light in him. 

I love Albus and Scorpius’ friendship! They get on so well with each other. Scorpius is so sweet and gentle and also funny. I did not have expected him to turn out that way. Considering his family roots and all. I also did not expect to see how rebellious Albus is. What a twist in events. But after all, he’s only a boy. A boy who wants to achieve so much in his life. 

In the beginning, I love how the story evolves. Maybe it was just a part of me that was excited to read more of this wizardry world. I find the plotline great but it is not that great at the end of the story. It feels like a filter to me. They could’ve spiced the latter part of the story up a bit. 

Severus Snape! It was such a surprise to see (read) him in the story. And I really hope the dementors suck the soul out of Delphi because she is just annoying and irrelevant. 

Will there be a continuation of the story? Only time will tell. After all, even after all this time, will I still want to read a Harry Potter story? Always. 

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