Like most Harry Potter fans, I had been waiting to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ever since the rumors of an eight book stared surfacing. And for me, it was every bit worth the wait. Firstly, let’s get two things out of the way. One, this book is not written by J.K. Rowling. Two, this book is not a novel, it’s a play. There, now that we have that down we can focus on actually talking about the book instead of all that “it’s not like the others” nonsense. Obviously, it’s not like the others. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a simply wonderful thing on it’s own. And it really is.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
I went into this book rather skeptical after reading a few bad reviews. But for me the magic was definitely still there. I love reading plays so the play format was not a problem. I actually often found myself thinking how a scene would play out on stage. Sure, the plot may not be quite brilliant (I found it a bit predictable at times). But the dialogue is funny and the plot fast-paced and exciting.
A lot of the book is about the story of Harry and Draco’s sons, Albus and Scorpius. But there’s also quite a bit of time travel involved and we get to see a bunch of familiar characters. Getting to hang out with the Harry Potter gang again was like meeting old friends after years of being apart. They may be older, but they’re still the same amazing people. And there were definitely a few moments when I even got a little teary eyed.
I whizzed through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in just one evening. And I thoroughly enjoyed (nearly) every moment. I think the secret is to not expect it to be just like the earlier books, but take it as the wonderful unique thing that it is. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening than snuggled up in bed, while also getting to go to Hogwarts.
Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?