25 Oct 2016

book review: harry potter and the cursed child

This summer, I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (HPATCC) and it's taken me this long to write a review! As a huge Harry Potter nerd, I read this in a few days and it didn't disappoint. I had heard rumours of various plot twists and whatnot but to me, it had a perfect balance of the unexpected coupled with some more predictable moments. If you didn't already know, HPATCC is in a script form so this is why it can be read so quickly. I was okay with this format but my sister didn't like it.

The description from Amazon.co.uk reads as follows:

"Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, 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 30th July 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."

It was weird thinking of Harry as a father of three Hogwarts-aged children but it was fascinating to find out what himself, Ron and Hermione were doing. The plot twists that I referred to earlier kept me hooked and I liked the darker edge of the play compared to any of the seven novels. I've not yet seen the play but I definitely want to after reading this script. Overall, 8/10 for this from me because even though I didn't mind the script form, novels are more my thing.

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