Original Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Little, Brown UK
Number of Pages: 327
First Sentence: “Dad.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
I absolutely loved this book. I was both overjoyed and terrified when this book was announced because what if it didn’t live up to expectations? I know that a lot of people were disappointed but I don’t really see why. This was just as magical as the original Harry Potter book and a worthy sequel to the series.
What you have to be prepared for is the fact that this is the script for the play. Meaning you will read an actual script. Reading a script is not like reading an ordinary book so be aware of this before starting this book. However, it is still a magical and amazing story and a great alternative for all of us unable to actually see the play.
I loved that this book was centered around Albus and Scorpio, and actually worked to show that Slytherin is not the “evil” house of Hogwarts. Of course, everyone was horrified when Albus became a Slytherin, even him in a way, but they did get over it and realised that the old ideas about the houses might be wrong. I did see a lovely tumblr post about this the other day, about how the Slytherin might have been so againstHP because they had been brainwashed by their parents (whom might have been terrified by Voldemort) or were aware that their parents were Death Eather’s and therefore could not choose to stand against them. I will link to it at the bottom of this post.
The story was really good. Sure, it is kind of obvious that it was adapted for the stage but it didn’t matter. It was still complex and did give us some fun and entertaining twists and turns. Although it is mostly dialogue (because script) it still managed to have a good and strong plot. Sure, there are some parts that on stage might be amazing but were slightly cheesy on the page. But to be honest, so are parts of the original series as well, or at least not perfectly developed. Not everything can be perfect. However, this book brought me back to the magic of the original series and I absolutely loved it.
Do I recommend it?
Holy hell, yes I do! It was magical!
Here is the link!