It’s been nearly ten years since J.K Rowling published Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and ended the legendary journey of the boy wizard Harry Potter.
Rowling has since published a few spin-off novels but has recently penned a sequel in the form of a play alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues where the epilog of Deathly Hallows left off. The story follows Harry’s life as an adult wizard and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter as he navigates his own experiences at Hogwarts. The play is currently running at the Palace Theatre in London, but for those who can’t afford the airfare they can purchase a published copy of Cursed Child.
The main story follows Albus as he struggles to find his way at Hogwarts with the weight of his father’s legacy hanging over him. However, he does end up making friends with the unlikeliest person: Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Harry’s childhood nemesis Draco. Meanwhile, Harry is struggling with his demanding job at the Ministry of Magic and trying to connect with Albus with whom he has a strained relationship. When remnants of Voldemort’s forces begin to appear, Harry fears the fight is not over as both father and son find themselves drawn into a perilous adventure.
Longtime readers familiar with Rowling’s writing style may be slightly thrown by how Cursed Child is written. Since it was originally written for the stage much of the action reads like a Shakespeare play you may have read in school minus the incomprehensible dialogue. And in a departure from her previous novels, the story rapidly skips through Albus’s first few years of school. However, once readers pick up the book they’ll be so engrossed in the story they won’t notice those few negatives.
Cursed Child is both a natural progression to Harry’s story and a great introduction to Albus and his journey. I was worried that having two separate storylines could hurt the narrative, but instead the emotional weight of each story compliments the other. Also, because time travel plays a major role in the story, there are surprise appearances from fan-favorite characters thought long gone.
As an avid fan of Harry Potter, I thoroughly enjoyed Cursed Child. It brought closure to Harry’s story and provided one last thrill for fans. Though there could be another story based on Albus, I would prefer for the series to go out on a high note.
Get your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child today and relive the magic.
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