Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Part One and Two Script Book

J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Little, Brown

August 2017

$19.99 AU

344p pb

ISBN: 978-0751565362

fp August 2016

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It is 19 years later. Albus Severus Potter, son of Harry, is starting his first year at Hogwarts with high hopes. Things do not start out rosily, however, when Albus immediately starts failing at the expectations everyone has for him. He finds himself isolated and ridiculed, even by his siblings, and his relationship with his father degrades rapidly.

Finally, Albus hatches a plan with his one friend Scorpius, Malfoy’s son, to travel through time and right a wrong committed by Harry. When this backfires, the two find themselves embroiled in a plan that will impact all the world as they know it, and risk the return of the Dark Lord.

A fantasy play in script format, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was an entertaining and riveting read, but it is not a Harry Potter novel. I found the plot was slightly less realistic and believable compared to the original seven, and some relatively big characters barely or didn’t make an appearance. I also felt that some of the characters were out of character--too different. One could put this down to 20 years of life, but it still means that the personalities and relationships we grew to love in the first seven are no longer as they were, and personally I didn’t like this aspect.

For me it is not on par with the rest of the series, however, I thought The Cursed Child is worth reading as a story in its own right. It is also simple enough to read so I recommend this story to anyone 10+.

Dane, age 15

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