Book Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

IMG_8299Title: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Special Rehearsal Edition Script
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Format: Hardcover

19 years after Harry and the gang defeated Voldemort at Hogwarts and we are left with a happy image of  Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione standing on Platform 9 3/4 seeing their kids off to Hogwarts, danger and adventure returns. Written as a script to be performed in London’s famous West End, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features the struggle Harry has endured over the years being the famous Harry Potter, while his youngest son Albus, named for two great wizards, struggles to forge his own path in the shadow of his father. New friendships and alliances are formed as past and present collide in a time turning tale of good versus evil.

Given J.K.Rowlings vivid descriptions of Harry Potter’s world in the previous 7 books, it’s easy to pick up this script and be transported back to the world of magic, where darkness and light envelop the story. Although written as a script, it reads like a novel, bringing the story to life. The scene settings were spot on and despite the constant change between past and present, I was never lost on what was happening in the story. The new depth Rowling adds to Harry as he struggles to maintain a “normal” life after growing up “the boy who lived”, as well as the transformation of the other beloved characters, showcases a complex and real persona that makes us connect to them all over again. The storyline of how Harry interacts with Albus is a fantastic play on the relationship Harry had with Dumbledore in the absence of his own father. Rowling’s spell binding conclusion to Harry Potter is not one to be missed!

5 Stars

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