Book Review: HARRY POTTER and the Cursed Child


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  The story is set nineteen years later after the events of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows the story of  Harry Potter’s younger son, Albus Severus Potter and his friend, Scorpius Malfoy.

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

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I just finished reading this book, and as always, thought it was brilliant! Though some websites are listing that Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling authored the script, I find that it must not be the case. For some reason, I don’t feel much of J.K. Rowling in the script except for a few lines here and there. She probably was a part of it, but I believe more on the official website that says Thorne as the sole script writer. Anyhow, it would have been better if the book was a real novel than just a rehearsal script, but still it was a treat for a Potter fan such as myself. ❤

The story starts with the introduction of Harry Potter’s family: Ginny (his wife), James Potter (eldest son), Lily Potter (daughter), and Albus Potter (main protagonist of this story and Harry’s youngest son). Though the book is considered the 8th story in the Potterverse, I see this book as more of Albus Potter’s story and his utterly beautiful bromance with Scorpius Malfoy, who happens to be Draco Malfoy’s only child.

Albus

And it’s something I should have said a long time ago. In fact, you’re probably the best person I know. And you don’t – you couldn’t – hold me back – you make me stronger – and when Dad forced us apart – without you –

Scorpius

I didn’t much like  my life without you in it either.

Awwww. They make me feel all kinds of good feels.

Anyway, I sadly wasn’t jumping up and down with Albus’s character. He has so much unjustified anger towards his father, Harry Potter, that it took him almost 4 years, a time turner, witness death, and an encounter with a child of Voldemort before he realizes just how lucky he was to be Harry Potter’s son. Or maybe my opinion here is invalid, since in my mind’s eye I see Harry Potter as who he was more than 20 years ago and not Harry Potter as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement nor as a father. Whatever the case is, I was more drawn into Scorpius’s character than Albus. I particularly love Scorpius in Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1-9 of the book.

As a whole, I consider this story more as a stand-alone book than a sequel. It’s a less magical story and more character-driven than the preceding books, but remarkable nonetheless. It’s utterly nostalgic to once more read familiar characters I’ve loved for years. I guess my heart will always have that soft spot when it comes to Harry Potter. My rating of this book might as well be irrelevant, given that I’m going to be forever biased. 😀

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