“Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” –Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Read: August 15-16
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.
Simply put, Harry Potter was my childhood (as it was for a lot of people). They were the books that began my love for reading and I owe a lot to J.K. Rowling for creating the magical world full of love, friendship, growth, and facing your demons. I picked up these books in 5th grade and haven’t put them down since. When I found out she was releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was excited because I would get to revisit this world, reunite with all of my favorite characters, and meet their children.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, it’s a playwright, which does change some things. If you are reading a playwright, you aren’t getting all of the details you would normally get from a novel. The reader gets the base, the script, and you learn everything about your characters from their interactions with others and small expression blurbs. I love reading plays because they give readers the opportunity to use their imagination even more than a novel. I also like that it’s almost completely dialogue. But, this being a play, it definitely removed it from the 7 book series for me. I don’t consider it cannon, even though it is supposed to be ‘the eighth story’, it’s more like a very long epilogue with its own plot.
I enjoyed getting to know the children of original characters, and I loved them (in the end). Something I felt that, for me, brought down my overall rating of this book was that there was such a big discrepancy in characterization. For the first half of the book I constantly asked “Who is this person?” when Harry, Ron, or Hermione were speaking. They didn’t seem at all as I would imagine them turning out. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Albus’ character in the beginning. The only character I can say I loved through the whole work was Scorpius Malfoy. He was perfect and definitely redeemed the entire work for me. If I didn’t have him as a main character the book may have been put down…
This is definitely a book you need to go into with an open mind. You need to look at the facts, this is 19 years later and a lot has changed. Our heroes aren’t going to be the same people they were. But I can see why people have issues with it because I had issues with it, too. The plot wasn’t amazing, but it did keep me entertained. If you go into this book thinking you’re going to get everything you got from the original books, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in with an open-mind and separate the stories, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.
As a whole, I felt the story had good themes. It was your typical Harry Potter themes of love, friendship, expectations, and growth told in a bit of a different way. All the same, it was as exciting story and a quick read. It definitely gave me a dose of the world I miss so much, and is probably going to be a big reason why I’m going to reread them in the near future (typical).
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