Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Series: Harry Potter #8
Author: JK Rowling

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. -Goodreads

Review: After hearing so many passionate responses to this (both positive, negative and a few in the middle of the road), I was almost afraid to read it. Would it impact my love of the previous books if I hated it? I decided that I would be fine with it either way and dived in. 

First and foremost, realize that this is a play and not a detailed book. And for a play, it's pretty short, so it's an extremely fast read. It doesn't seem like book #8 in the series..well, because it really isn't. I wasn't very impressed with adult Harry and Ron's primary role seemed to be for comedic relief, but I can see that working on the stage. Hermione was still the same Hermione I loved. Ginny and Harry's son Albus was an interesting character. He was a loner who did not fit in and dreaded his time at Hogwarts. My favorite characters were adult Malfoy and his son. I loved the friendship between Malfoy and Albus. 

Overall, I'm glad I read this. It was a quick, fun read. 

Grade: 3/5

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