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

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Rate: 3/5


Medium: Book


Overview (No Spoilers): As with a multitude of other children from my generation I grew up along side Harry Potter. As such I was ecstatic when I found out that there was going to be another book, however this excitement was tempered when I realized the book was going to be in play format. This resulted in me putting off reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child until I was finished reading literally everything on my list. While I do not mind reading plays, I typically enjoy them far less than novels as a result of a lack of literary detail. So with great reluctance I picked up Harry Potter’s new adventure and promptly finished it in one sitting. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adult life. Highlighted are the struggles of their children to adapt to the fame of their parents, or in the case of Draco’s child the infamy. The adventure embarked by our beloved characters, fails to disappoint as old familiar stomping grounds are revisited and alternative futuristic outcomes pondered. Overall, well worth the quick read for any Potter enthusiast.


Additional Insight (May Contain Spoilers):

  • I loved the idea of a Malfoy and Potter being best friends! I also like the thought of a Potter in Slytherin, due to Harry almost being placed in that particular House.
  • The various alternative universes were so much fun to ponder! The world in which Cedric was spared was horrifying indeed with the reemergence of the dreaded Delores Umbridge, however the brief interaction with Snape was priceless.
  • Why did Harry’s scar start hurting? Was it because of Voldemort’s child? She existed for 20 years, therefore shouldn’t the scar have continually hurt? The concept of Voldemort having a child with Bellatrix is fascinating. How did they keep it a secret? The following link gives an excellent explanation and timeline!

 

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10 comments

  1. I’m a Harry Potter fan so I was glad to read a positive review of this piece. For those with difficulty with the play format, I recommend (as a drama major turned teacher) reading the play out loud taking the parts of all the characters. It’s fun and makes the work come alive.

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    • Thanks for the suggestion! I tackle scripts as I do any book with written in a dialect. I read until my mind adapts to the unique formatting and pretty soon I don’t even notice. 😀 The mind is an amazing tool.

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