Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (#8)


Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Pages: 343
 Plays, Fantasy, Series
Published: July 2016 by Little Brown UK
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Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

NO SPOILERS, I promise.

I had pretty low expectations for this but enjoyed it in the end. For full disclosure I must say that I’ve never enjoyed reading or watching plays, so I pretended this was a film script and got along fine.

Personally, I thought this fit nicely into the Harry Potter universe, though I see why people felt it was disconnected. I think it would have felt the same even if it were a fully fleshed out novel, due to the nineteen year time gap and the change in main characters. I thought Rowling and company did a great job.

I liked that this play further explored one of the magical elements that I felt was underused in the novels. It made for a lot of suspense.

For those who are hesitant to read this, here’s some gentle perspective. It doesn’t ruin the original series. If anything it’ll make you remember what you loved about it, even if those elements are lacking here. Consider it inspiration for a reread. Secondly, new Harry Potter is better than no new Harry Potter. Thirdly, the original series was perfect. That would be hard to beat even for its own author.

4 Star4 Ships – Pretty Fantastic


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