I’ve been a Harry Potter fan for such a long time. Upon finding out that there was going to be a new book (play really), I wasn’t sure how to feel, but that sure wasn’t going to stop me from reading it now, was it? For those of you who have read the original Harry Potter novels, but haven’t had the chance or maybe the motivation to read this 8th story, I’ll tell you why you should!
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts l and ll.
Author(s): J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Age Group: Late elementary, middle, and high schoolers as well as adults.
My Rating: 3.5/4 stars
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child we see the development of a young boy’s precarious relationship with his father and his father’s fame. The main character of this book, surprisingly, isn’t actually the famed Harry Potter himself. It is actually his son, Albus, who is the focus of this story. The book starts when Albus is first going to Hogwarts, where he meets his best friend, Scorpio, son of Draco Malfoy. Harry doesn’t approve of his son’s friendship and, due to this, his relationship with Albus is wounded severely. We see them drift apart (tragic I know!). Until, after being at Hogwarts for a number of years, there is a new threat: Old foes might be awakened; Old magic may need to be used… All might come to an end if Albus cannot accept the hero he has hidden inside him (it’s in the genes mate).
I would recommend this book because, for one, it’s more Harry Potter! But, mostly because I was happily surprised at the intriguing theories and heart-wrenching scenes that took place throughout the book. It really is magical. I did give the book a 3.5 simply because I think that re-awakening a series like this is such a big deal and can be really hard. Some of the characters were, perhaps, not as I would have imagined them grown up. However, this fact in no way dampened my experience.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an exciting roller coaster to read. Happy Reading!