Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author(s): J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Sooo I finally got around to reading this even though it came out ages ago. Thought I’d give it a review and I’ve tried not to include too many spoilers, but if you haven’t read it yet just be aware. 🙂
As a person who has read and watched all of the Harry Potters like a gazillion times, I was fairly sceptical about reading The Cursed Child, purely because I didn’t want to feel disappointed. I went into this book very open minded and for that reason I feel like I enjoyed it more. I’ve read quite a few negative reviews about it and to some extent I understand, but I think it’s worth noting that I feel that nothing is ever as good as the original, and you have to consider the target audience. The early Harry Potter’s were aimed at children, and it is only as they developed that the plots became darker. The Cursed Child invites a new generation of children and teenagers to join the wizarding world.
I was left at the end of the Deathly Hallows saying, “What next?” “What happens next!?” And I think this book just provided me with the closure I was looking for. I was also sceptical about the fact that it’s a play, but actually that kind of fades away as the plot develops.
The story centres around Harry’s son Albus, and Draco’s son Scorpius, who develop an unlikely friendship and embark on an adventure, as dangerous as what Harry, Ron and Hermione would have encountered years ago. It follows their adventure as they once again, face the wrath of Voldemort and have to save the world from darkness. It also crosses with the whole Harry, Ron, Hermione trio as they discover that what happened in the past cannot be changed.
The bond between Harry and Albus crisscrosses with the bond between Draco and Scorpius. They attempt to fix their broken childhoods by trying to strengthen the bond with their sons, but in the end they discover that by showing their true colours, they show their sons the love they need.
The themes of the plot centre around friendship, forgiveness, and bravery, much following the themes of Harry Potter before. I loved the fact that the plot offered a variety of different situations and final predicaments for each character and visualised different outcomes, all of which could have plausibly happened. For me this was a clever device, as there were many speculations and fan fictions made at the end of Harry Potter which played around with what happened next.
And of course, Harry Potter wouldn’t be Harry Potter without the famous villain to fight, and although the battle wasn’t quite as we remember, there was rather a large unexpected twist!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Personally, the writing style wasn’t quite as I remember and had a more simplistic quality, but considering it was the script for a performance, I guess this was essential. I enjoyed the plot and I thought that it was very cleverly thought out. I was very glad that the wizarding world I love so much hasn’t ended, and I loved seeing the characters all grown up yet very much the same.
If I had my input, I would want a separate book on each individual character: what happened to them? What does their family look like? What did they do and how did they react after the battle of Hogwarts? But I very much enjoyed this story and felt it was a refreshing update on my favourite series of books.
Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments!