Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One & Two harry_potter_and_the_cursed_child_special_rehearsal_edition_book_cover


I have not read anything else quite like this book. As it is a special rehearsal edition script, one can imagine how different the format is from your average novel. The entire book is separated into two Parts and the various Acts and Scenes, with plenty of description and dialogue intermingled. This obviously made it a much faster read.

In brief summary, it takes place after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts” is where we find our trio’s children themselves adventuring off to the wizarding school. Harry and Ginny’s son, Albus, befriends Draco’s son, Scorpio. In a similar fashion to that of the original series, they dive headfirst into a dangerous adventure.

I loved the little twists and turns the book took, reintroducing you to certain aspects of the Harry Potter world that you thought you knew so well. Like the trolley witch. I also loved the “timey-wimey” element, the paradox of time itself. And to be completely honest, it does feel like you are reading a tame fan-fiction (kidding, not kidding).

There were a few minor things I also disliked, but it wasn’t truly enough to make me disown the book as a whole. Without ruining things, I just felt that there were certain characters that behaved in ways contradictory to their younger selves, ways that felt like a step backwards. I also felt like the story could have been longer and more developed, but I do understand that it is a script.

I know some people have had enough of Harry Potter, and would frankly like well enough to be left alone. I personally am fine with these recent developments. I was ecstatic when I found out there was going to be another film. I was also a bit doubtful at the possibility of five films (I believe), but after awhile I didn’t really mind so much. And daaamn, Johnny Depp as Grindelwald? Yes please. I know I’ll be more hyped for the next few after I see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Wednesday.

Okay, I bunny-trailed, but…I really did enjoy this story. If you have not yet read the Harry Potter series, you might not be able to fully appreciate The Cursed Child but I believe you could still understand it and enjoy it. For me, it felt like returning to a long lost friend. I had that same comforting feeling while reading it. It is this nostalgia and whimsy I miss when looking for my next good book to read.

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

–  Dumbledore, Act IV, Scene IV

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