Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins where the last Harry Potter novel ended, grown up Harry, Hermione and Ron at King’s Cross station seeing their children aboard the Hogwart’s Express. Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s middle child, is about to begin his first year at Hogwarts along with his cousin Rose Granger–Weasley. In the train, Albus meets Scorpius Malfoy, where an unlikely friendship begins.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review
Background and Setting
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play based on an original new story by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. The play premiered on Jul 30, 2016. The script turned into a book that was published in Jul 31, 2016, and became the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. Set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the story follows Harry Potter’s son Albus Severus Potter and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy.
Plot and Story
The story begins where the last Harry Potter novel ended, grown up Harry, Hermione and Ron at King’s Cross station seeing their children aboard the Hogwart’s Express. Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s middle child, is about to begin his first year at Hogwarts along with his cousin Rose Granger–Weasley. In the train, Albus meets Scorpius Malfoy, where an unlikely friendship begins.
Both Albus and Scorpius are sorted into Slytherin, while Rose was sorted into Gryffindor. From the very start, Albus feels like a magical failure living in his father’s shadow. And because of this, their relationship becomes shaky and full of tensions.
Albus finds out that the ministry of magic has a time–turner, and he decides to use it to correct one of his father’s mistakes. With the help of his best friend Scorpius, the two go back in time to save Cedric Diggory, who was murdered by Lord Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire (4th novel). Unaware of the seriousness of time–travel, the two young boys trigger an unfortunate sequence of events which change their current reality.
The book is written in the form of a play script, consisting of 2 parts, each with 2 acts. The style of writing is obviously very different than the original Harry Potter series, which may feel distracting at first. However, you can see a little bit of J.K. Rowling’s style throughout the book.
Thoughts and Comments
Old characters feel a little disconnected from the original series, and most of the new characters are left unexplored.
Perhaps the most disappointing part about this book is the lack of quality in the plot itself. Most of the plot twists were so absurd, they leave the reader saying “Seriously?!!” more than a few times.
Overall, it was a good read that Harry Potter fans won’t regret. However, it won’t live up to the expectations, because the quality is a bit lacking when compared to the original series. And yes, it does feel like they’re just trying to squeeze [more] money out of the franchise.
I believe Draco Malfoy summed up the reading experience quite masterfully when he said:
Face it — his celebrity impacts you all. And how better to get everyone whispering the Potter name again than with ‘my scar is hurting, my scar is hurting.’Page 59, Lines 9—11