5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowlings

harry-potter-and-the-cursed-childBased 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.

 

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*I will refer to the seven Harry Potter novels as the “originals” for the rest of this review.

This is the script of the play that premiered in the West End of London. It was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany along with J.K Rowling. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up. For those who love Harry Potter and have hungered for its revival, this is a must-read! For those who have never read Harry Potter and therefore have no reason to hunger for its revival, read the original books!!! Then there’s a 99.9% chance that you’ll fit in with the first category. Those that don’t like Harry Potter simply shouldn’t read this book, seeing as it is highly illogical to waste your time reading a book that you know you won’t like anyway.

Spoiler Alert!

It has been nineteen years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Albus, Harry and Ginny Potter’s youngest son, is just entering Hogwarts. But it’s not what he hoped it would be. He is Sorted into Slytherin and, as a result, constantly teased by the Gryffindors. His only friend is Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. Worse, Scorpius is said to be the son of Voldemort.

Rumor has it that a Time-Turner exists that allows the user to go years back in time. When Albus overhears his father tell Amos Diggory, who has heard the rumor and wants to bring back Cedric, that the rumor is false, he doesn’t think much of it. But then, when he discovers that the Ministry had recently found such a Time-Turner, he decides to take action and drags Scorpius along as well.

With the help of Delphi Diggory, Amos’ niece and caretaker, Albus and Scorpius infiltrate the Ministry using Polyjuice Potion and steal the Time-Turner. Their game plan is to make Cedric lose the Triwizard Tournament. After causing him to fail the first task, they return to their own time, only to find out that the present has changed in many more ways than they intended. And Cedric is still dead. Just when everything is back to the way it was, Albus and Scorpius find out that Delphi isn’t really a Diggory at all. She’s Voldemort’s daughter, and all along she’s been looking for an opportunity to use the Time-Turner to bring him back. Can Delphi be stopped before it’s too late?

Personal Thoughts:

I am a total Harry Potter geek. Let me say it again: I am a total Harry Potter geek!!! This book (or play, or script, call it what you will) contains some of the same magic deep within its pages as the originals. Maybe it did only live up to 99% of our expectations, but we should cut the script writers some slack. They had to invent a whole new plot. Also, they did a pretty good job of giving life and personality to the characters. After all, we didn’t get much time to hang around with the new characters or the adult versions of the old ones in the Deathly Hallows epilogue.

My favorite character is definitely Scorpius. He could be in any House. He’s got enough pluck to be a Gryffindor. He’s definitely smart enough to be in Ravenclaw. His best quality, though, is his loyalty. He sticks with Albus through thick and thin.  And that’s the core of a true Hufflepuff. Also, he’s sarcastic sometimes, but in a funny way:

“Okay, now we’re on the roof of a train, it’s fast, it’s scary, this has been great, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about me, something about you, but-” (Scorpius speaking, Act I, Scene Eleven)

When Albus and Scorpius messed up the present so badly that they created a world where Voldemort had control and Harry was dead, Scorpius was well-liked by most everyone at Hogwarts. But he gave up his popularity for the greater good. He didn’t want a world where Albus didn’t exist, and he knew that no good could come from Voldemort having power.

Would you have read this book in one sitting? I would have! Every scene keeps you hooked, just as the originals. I would recommend reading it aloud with friends or family. You can give everyone a few different parts at the beginning of each scene (it’s OK if there aren’t enough parts to go around for every scene). You’ll get the best possible reading experience that way.

 

Spread the word by recommending this book to everyone you know that hasn’t read it.

Go ahead and do what you did with the originals:

read it again…and again…and again…..

5-hearts

 

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