- Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- Publisher: Little, Brown
- Release Date: July 31st 2016
- Pages: 328
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.
*Warning: minor spoilers ahead*
“Anything from the trolley, dears?” and it hits you right in the heart, I’m home.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is that one book all of us Potterheads have been impatiently waiting for, especially those who didn’t get to watch the play in London! Indeed, this is a great effort to get the celebration of 19 years later going globally though I do hope they will still try to put on the play here in Malaysia. One can dream!
I was instantly transported back to my childhood days; flipping the pages lovingly and immersing myself into the lives of my all-time favourite characters.
“Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger.”
I purposely chose to read this gorgeous script book after the hype died down even though I got my hands on it on the first day of release! Take note that I will not be comparing this book to the previous Harry Potter books in this review. To me, this is more of a little gift for the fans, to answer some of the questions we’ve been having, and a celebration of our magical friends’ lives after the Battle of Hogwarts.
One of the major questions fans have been screaming out for years is the use of the Time Turner, the delicate timepiece for the purpose of time travel. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione used this device to save Buckbeak, a Hippogriff, from being butchered – which then contributed to the unfolding of events later on in the story. Many fans have expressed how the Time Turner could have been used for so many other important events – saving people from dying, preventing the dark side from resurrecting etc.
So this story essentially does that; tapping into the what ifs and maybes, begging the question – can we really change the past with a single spin of a Time Turner?
“It is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.”
I didn’t mind at all that it was in a script form. It was a rather unique experience for me, and I certainly enjoyed it. The scenes were nicely organized – short and sweet. The writing was easy to follow and the narrations helped to set the mood perfectly.
I personally thought that they got Draco, Ron, Harry and Ginny’s adult characters spot on while Hermione was alright but I wish they had showed more of her intellect and strength that we have all come to love. There was lack of story on the other Weasleys and the Dursleys too, which was disappointing as it would have made the story more complete and well-rounded.
Overall, my favourite takeaway is Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter’s friendship. It is genuine and heartwarming, and will leave you with so much love in your heart. Scorpius is definitely my favourite character in the book! The friendships and family relationship were built up really nicely and you will follow the characters’ journey in understanding each other better, having the confidence and faith to strive together, and getting pass their differences.
There is just nothing much like it. :’)
It wasn’t THE 8th book for me but I still enjoyed the lightness of it and the storyline. Be prepared to be transported right back into our much missed childhood adventure and have your wands at the ready to find out – who exactly is this Cursed Child?
“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★