Series: Harry Potter #8
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on 2016-07-31
Length: 320 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling is the long-awaited 8th installment of the Harry Potter series that takes place 19 years after the fall of Voldemort. Unlike the other books, this one isn’t a novel, it’s a screenplay for those (like me) who couldn’t attend the play in London this past Summer. Unlike most, I loved having this screenplay. I knew it wasn’t going to be a novel, that most likely it would fall short of my expectations but I was still excited. Can I just say that it met my expectations and then some 😀
I think the novel of this book is getting to see my favorite characters as adults, my own age, dealing with their kids and the hassle of every day life. Harry and Hermione work for the Ministry of Magic, Ron’s taken over the joke shop, Ginny is her mom….I seriously loved this! Harry after 19 years still has nightmares about the battle of Hogwarts, his role in it and his connection to Voldemort. It’s interesting to see the aftereffects, seeing the post-traumatic stress that surrounds these characters, the fear of Voldemort somehow returning, and the grief they still feel 19 years later for those they lost.
The real draw though is reading about their children and their adventures at Hogwarts. I loved Albus, like absolutely adored him. He’s a miniature Harry through and through. He’s constantly in trouble, an outcast and even in his own family has a hard time relating to his dad. It’s interesting to see how similar and different the story is to Harry’s own story. My favorite character of the book though is Draco’s son Scorpius. He’s misunderstood, an outcast like Albus, and somehow he understands Albus better than anyone. The two strike up a friendship very similar to Ron and Harry and I just love them. Scorpius is the exact opposite of his dad, but at the same time I believe he is who Draco could have been without the pressure to follow Voldemort.
The plot of the play revolves around an outlawed, not-supposed-to-exist time-turner. Albus gets his hands on one and well that’s the story, a misguided attempt to save a boy killed by Voldemort which results in big changes. I didn’t care for the use of the time turner in the story. I felt like it was too familiar for fans of the series as we’ve been there and done that when Sirius was saved. However I still found myself engrossed. I read the play in one sitting, about 4 hours. Remember even though it’s 300+ pages, it’s a screenplay. It does not take long to read dialogue. If you’re a fan of the series, I highly recommend you read it. It’s a fun, nostalgic romp with your best friends…erhm I mean favorite characters 😉