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.
Many of us, Harry Potter fans, have been waiting for something like this for a very long time! When I first heard about this play I about lost my mind. I was so jealous and upset because I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to travel all the way to London to see the 8th story. I remember thinking to myself that this was not fair and that people who live far are not ever going to know what happens after The Deathly Hallows. The moment I heard that the play was going to be turned into a book, I was so thankful and so extremely happy. I did not care that the book was in script form, I was just so happy to be given the chance to read the story.
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed The Cursed Child more than I thought I was going to. Being a play, and not being fully written by Rowling made me have my doubts. To be fair, we can't really expect this book to be like the others. I do feel like a lot of fans expected way too much from this book. I went into the book super excited, but curious. I did not know what kind of excitement awaited me and how it would live up to the others. I heard that many people were upset that there wasn't a huge, drastic Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Voldemort scene. Hello people, Harry Potter is an adult and has a lot on his mind now days. He is not the same wizard we remember.. and honestly, who would be?
Time to get down to business. I am a fan that has been out of the Wizarding World for a while now, and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING to jump back in. I got chills just reading the word Hogwarts again, and I even cried during the sorting hat ceremony.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was everything I needed and more. I absolutely loved that the book showed Slytherin in a different light for once. At the end of book 7, we learn that Harry Names his child after Severus Snape. Not all Slytherins are bad! This is a constant battle with Harry's youngest Son, Albus, as he befriends Malfoy's son, Scorpius. These two boys will remind you a bit of another group of friends that we all know and love. Albus is having a tough time living up to the Potter name. It doesn't help that Albus is the first Potter to be placed in Slytherin... yes.. you read that correctly. I am afraid to say anything else because I do not want to give anything away. We do see all our favorite characters again, and we learn something HUGE about Voldemort! I was shocked!
The writing was amazing and I soon forgot that I was even reading a script. The side notes, and descriptions of the settings and characters were awesome and helped paint an even more vivid picture in my head. It is a very weird feeling knowing that this is the last Harry Potter book that will come out. It broke my heart when J.K. Rowling announced that the Harry Potter franchise is officially over. The more I think about it though, the more I realize how perfect this book is. Rowling ended the franchise with an amazing book, that answered a lot of my questions as a fan. It was cool seeing Harry as a dad and a responsible wizard for once, not just a hero. We get to see the life of Harry dealing with the scars, emotions, and tragedies of his past.
I know a lot of you guys are still debating about reading the book, and I really hope that this review has made you want to go out and buy it. I truly believe that if you do not buy this book, you will regret it. I know it is not as epic and it is not as long, but I do promise that it does have a pretty epic twist! In my opinion, I would even say that there was a pretty huge battle/problem as well. Albus Potter is definitely no Harry Potter, but he comes pretty close! The Cursed Child is full of action, excitement, death, love, friendship, hope, and so much more.
I know this review is just turning into a big rant now, so I will end it! Thank you all for reading, and if you are still on the fence about buying this book... JUST GO BUY IT!