It has been almost a month since the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script was published. Technically, it’s not a novel, but I am not going to let that stop me from giving you guys a review about it. So, before we begin, here is a summary via Goodreads.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter #8
Published by Little Brown on July 31st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I have not been a Harry Potter fan for a long (It’s going to be a year for me), but I had fallen in love with the books and read all of them under six months, I went to Universal Orlando and hung out in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and bought myself an interactive version of Hermoine’s wand and I have a Gryffindor t-shirt and sweatpants. Not a big fangirl though.
As for the script, I practically read the entire thing under 24 hours. It was impossible to put down. I don’t want to give away too much for those who haven’t read the script or have seen the play, so I will be keeping spoilers to a minimum.
I will admit, that when I first started reading, I felt weird. It’s not like, a bad kind of weird. It’s just a weird kind of weird. I am so used to reading Harry Potter and his friends as teenagers. It’s weird to read them as adults.
There were some parts of the play that I was iffy about. I felt like Harry’s suspicions about spoilers were a bit too much than his suspicions in the previous stories. Also, as much as I can understand that Albus doesn’t want to live in his father’s shadow, for an 11-year-old boy, he just gives a brooding first impression.
As for the bad guy of the story, it was pretty predictable once you get through part one of the play. That’s all I’m going to say over that matter.
Aside from that, all I can say is that Scorpius is a smol, geeky child that needs to be protected. I figured the reason why J.K. Rowling made Scorpius the way he is, is to give people a better outlook on the Slytherin house. A lot of people are biased, claiming that Slytherin houses evil wizards and witches. I, as a Gryffindor, don’t really believe that. Everything, whether it’s your Hogwarts house or life, has a good and a bad. That point is pretty relevant when we see Draco care for his son.
I wish I could reveal more about the story. I honestly have a lot of funny commentary about the script that I’d like to share. But alas, spoilers. *dies*
As for my rating, I’d give this script 4 out of 5. Simply because I love how J.K. Rowling is making a point that not all Slytherins are bad and also because of the dynamic duo of Albus and Scorpius. Plus, Scorpius is so geeky and adorable that he automatically gave the book an extra owl.
Honestly, I enjoyed reading the script and I’d recommend it to be read. I’m really hoping that they will record the play so we can watch it online.
That’s all from me this week! I hope you guys enjoyed this book review! I’ll catch you next time, my fellow witches and wizards!