Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling

As soon as J.K Rowling announced that she would do another Harry Potter book, the world was in turmoil! We couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.

It took me a while to purchase this book as I was unsure of what it would be like –was it going to be the same? What could happen that would be unique? Is Harry Potter past his sell by date?  Read on to hear my thoughts.

 

Albus

This is it

 

Lily

Wow!

 

Albus

Platform nine and three- quarters

 

Lily

Where are they? Are they here? Maybe they didn’t come?

 

Harry points out RON, HERMOINE, and their daughter ROSE. Lily runs up to them.

 

Uncle Ron. Uncle Ron!!!

 

RON turns towards them as LILY goes barrelling up to him. He picks her up into his arms.

 

Ron

If it isn’t my favourite Potter.

 

Lily

Have you got my trick?

 

Ron

Are you aware of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes certified nose-stealing breath?

 

Rose

Mum! Dad’s doing that lame thing again.

 

Hermione

You say lame, he says glorious, I say… somewhere in between.

 

It has been 22 years since Harry Potter and his team defeated Lord Voldemort at the battle of Hogwarts. Everything is much more peaceful now; Harry Potter is now an employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father to 3 school age children. His youngest son Albus struggles with his “famous” family history as he begins his time at Hogwarts and becomes friends with someone you would least expect. As he struggles to understand his father, Albus finds out some interesting information and decides action should be taken but he is young and does not realise that the past is the past for a reason.

I was shocked to see that there are so many bad reviews for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but could see a lot of flaws; however, I do not think it is as bad as people have made out. Of course, it was never going to live up to the other Harry Potter books as they were good.

The story

I was very intrigued by this book as I thought to myself what else could J.K write? Will it be similar or different? I am pleased to say I found the storyline unique enough to finish the book. I just love her imagination, for example, the trolley witch who never lets anyone off the train.

As the book is a script version, it took me a little bit of time to get used to it. It’s easier and quicker to read as the descriptive writing is not there.

We still have our favourite characters – Ron, Hermione, Ginny and of course the story would not be a bit weird without him – Harry Potter. However, I did feel that there was a lack of other characters; for example, we don’t know what happened to Ron’s Parents, staff at the ministry of magic; although I had assumed they had retired. We hear that it’s 22 years since Voldemort and that peace is restored – I would have thought that there would still be rebels around; even Draco Malfoy is a good boy!

The story focus’ on Harry Potter’s third son and we hear very little about his other children. I like to think that this book sets the scene for more to come

Therefore, despite these flaws in the book, I enjoyed the story itself. The other Harry Potter books were so good that this one was always going to be the hardest to write; especially with the hype. I think that you and your children will enjoy but will feel let down when the storyline is cantered around a couple of characters.

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