Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I and II by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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Number of pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Published: July 31st 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review:

There’s a reason that anything surrounding the play and the script is branded #KeepTheSecret- so this review won’t give too much away!

My heart though.
The amount of emotion I felt once I finished this book. The feelings and emotions I had took me back to when I finished Deathly Hallows for the first time. Emotional, happy, sad, and everything in between.

This is the eighth story, nineteen years later and published on Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, and JK Rowling’s birthdays! It starts off where Deathly Hallows left off on platform 9 and 3/4, as Albus Severus Potter, the middle child of Harry and Ginny, about to start his very first year of Hogwarts. We then follow him during his first three years at Hogwarts where he tries desperately to live up to his father’s name and be the wizard everyone expects him to be.

And that’s all I’m going to say regarding the plot apart from the fact I love his unlikely friendship with Scorpius Malfoy.

I’ve heard many people regard it as fanfiction, and in some ways I can see why because sometimes, I admit, it was a little far fetched. In fact at one point, it was so far fetched I was a bit confused as to what I was actually reading. To understand, you need to read the book and find out who Delphi is. I’m not spoiling it. Just go read it.

However, it didn’t ruin the story.

The most important thing is the bond between father and son, between friends. In the end, that bond, the feeling of not being lonely is what everything is really about. Harry Potter is actually a pretty good Dad considering he didn’t have the best role models…

It was really weird picturing the golden trio as adults, but their voices were still VERY much Harry, Ron and Hermione (and Ginny) and it didn’t matter that they were all nearing their fourties. They are still the characters we grew up with, that we know and love.

One thing- don’t judge this book on the reviews. It’s a script first and foremost. It’s not a novel. However, it is definitely Harry Potter and I am so pleased the franchise can continue in this way. Go into it open minded and you’ll definitely form your own opinions.

Thank you J.K. Rowling for the short story that inspired Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to compose the play.

3/5 star. It’s not a low rating, I really, really, really, enjoyed this book but it wasn’t perfect. There were highs,there were lows but overall it made me happy. IT’S AMAZING.

Thanks for reading.
Don’t hate me for my rating!

~Katie
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