Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

IMG_29484 out of 5 Stars

I will admit I am a Harry Potter fan. I am one of those adults who bought every book as soon as they came out. I loved reading his story, despite feeling just a little bit too old. I am currently re-reading the series with my son and we have made it through book 4 so far. We thought we would take a little break from HP, and that is when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hit the stands. I had to put my other book aside and read this because I was so excited. Following the Pottermore site wasn’t enough for me and I have been telling my husband how we should probably start looking into tickets for the show when we go to visit his family in London next summer.

A lot has already been said of this book. It is the script to the play that is currently running in the West End. It picks up at the ending of book 7, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and we are 18 years into the future. Harry and Ginny have grown up, have 3 children, and are getting ready to send the middle child, Albus, off to Hogwarts for his first year. Albus and Harry have a bit of a tense relationship, to put it mildly, and his older brother James is giving him a hard time about the possibility that he could be sorted into Slytherin. Albus is also tired of being “the son of Harry Potter” and that everyone is always looking at them. He doesn’t feel like he is really loved or seen by his dad. When he first gets on the train with his cousin Rose (the daughter of Hermione and Ron) they decide they need to find the friends they will be with for the their time at Hogwarts, just like their parents did. Albus meets Scorpius, who happens to be the son of Draco Malfoy and his wife Astoria. They become instant best friends and are both sorted into Slytherin, which is a bit of a sticking point in Albus’ mind. Despite what his dad has said, he feels his family doesn’t approve of that either. These feelings lead him to making some poor choices so that he can prove himself. This sends everything into a tail spin and takes us on a big adventure.

I had a little trouble connecting with the characters in this format. I don’t read a lot of scripts and I think the change (for me) was good but it left me with a completely different feeling than the other books have. Especially since I have been reading them so recently. I wasn’t expecting that. I really do hope to see the play though so I can see the visuals described in the book and have a feeling it will be different for me in that regard.

That being said, I did really enjoy the book. If you, or your children, haven’t read the whole series I would recommend doing that first because there are a lot of flashback/references to events that happened in the series (and in all of the books). If you love Harry Potter, you will love this too.

I will take another break from Harry Potter…for a couple of weeks! We are off to Universal Studios Orlando soon and you can be sure I will be spending a good deal of time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, having a wand pick me and drinking butterbeer. More on that very soon! In the mean time, I am going to finish my other book!

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To read about our trip to Universal Studios Orlando, click on the following links!

Update: We did see the play this summer! Dream come true! Click here to see my review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on stage in London!

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