Book Review : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

 

Like a true potter head, I was pretty sad when the Harry Potter series came to an end and my joy knew no bound when the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced. I also loved the fact that the printed version was available in a hardcover format which is something you do not see very often in the day and age of paperless reading.

The Cursed child picks up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us all those years ago. Harry , Ginny Ron and Hermione are dropping their kids off for Hogwarts and little Albus, is a little nervous about which house he will get selected into and what if he is selected as a Slytherin. While Deathly Hallows ended with Harry helping Albus to understand that the houses didn’t define a person instead their actions did, Cursed Child is all about what happens with him when the inevitable happens and Albus is selected into Slytherin. To make matters worse. his best friend rather only friend in the whole school is Scorpious, son of Draco Malfoy who is also rumored to be the son of Voldemort.

The book is written in a play format with acts instead of chapters. The book concentrates a great deal on the relationship between Harry and Albus, a nervous child living under the shadow of his famous father. The disappointment that Harry as a father feels toward himself and his son and the disappointment Albus feels towards his father and himself is such a multi-dimensional emotion which was captured in a stunning manner is commendable. I did feel that the narration as a play did not do as much justice to the plot as it would have if we had proper chapters instead of dialogue but nevertheless, it did not stop me from imagining

The story did keep me enthusiastic for quite a bit but I did feel a little lost after Albus and Scorpious kept playing with the time turner. The climax also felt a little out-of-place and a little disappointing after all the drama that the whole book built around it. I always felt as a potterhead that the movies never captured the true essence of the books but I think I would look forward to watching this on-screen rather than reading it.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a book that you will like but if you are a true potter fan like I am then you will know that something is missing.  Nevertheless, I would suggest giving it one read because it does take you back to the beautiful world of magic that J.K Rowling created all those years ago.

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