Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts 1 and 2 (spoiler free)

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

Series: Harry Potter, #8

Publisher: Little, Brown UK

Published July 31st 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Plays

Pages: 343

Format: hardback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

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To be honest, this was much better than I was expecting after all the hate I read about it… 

I understand  why many Harry Potter fans will be disappointed with this, but i can’t say I’m one of them.

Sure, this book is completely different from the rest of the series, and not only because it’s a play. Actually, this shouldn’t be called Harry Potter #8 . It doesn’t have the same feeling and it’s more character-driven than the other seven novels. But that’s only normal, I honestly wouldn’t like this to be a continuation. Because sometimes that’s what makes series bad. The need to keep adding more and more without making even sense. But this was still nice, although I hope they don’t decide to do more…

This book is passed 19 years after the Deathly Hallows and feels exactly that way. It doesn’t feel so young anymore, which I liked because the characters we already knew aren’t either.

I loved how the old characters were portrayed, especially Harry and Draco. And I really enjoyed the new characters. I absolutely loved Albus and especially Scorpius. They are the cutest thing ever!

 

The plot could have been better. I wasn’t feeling it at first but afterwards I still enjoyed it. It doesn’t have much magic, Hogwarts or all the stuff we were used too. It feels a bit like a contemporary. It’s all about family and friendship bonds and the conflicts that come with it. But I liked to see the world again and the way they did it.

In conclusion, I actually really enjoyed reading this. I thought it was a fun read, and I’m glad it was a total different vibe, because otherwise I think I wouldn’t like it. The story as we know it is too perfect to change or add anything. If you read this book don’t think of it as a continuation, because if you do, you will be disappointed. 

Some quotes:

 

“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”

“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”

“SCORPIUS: Thank you for being my light in the darkness”

“It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?”

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Have you read this book or want to read it?

If you’ve read it, what was your favorite moment?

 

 

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