Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Those we love never truly leave us, Harry

I was excited to hear the news of the new Harry Potter play about a year ago. But when I looked at ticket prices and know I do not live in London, I knew I was never going to go. But a couple of days later I heard there was going to be a book with the script I was stocked again. Even though it is not as well written as the other Harry Potter books, I still enjoyed myself for the 3 hours it took me to get through it.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling


Title & Author: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Script, Fantasy
Release Date: July 31 2016
Series: Harry Potter
Publisher: Little Brown


It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I gave Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling 3 out of 5 stars because it just did not exceed expectation and some pieces completely butchered some of the main characters. It is a fun read though even though it is pretty short, only 330 pages (about the same length as The Sorcerer’s Stone) and has a lot of white lines, due to it being a script.

I feel very comfortable reading scripts, I read the scripts of all Shakespeare novels back when I was in high school and the library had the novels always lend out. So that did not bother me much. I have hear d some comment from people not liking it or that they expected a real novel. But it literally says so on the cover and so I do not feel people can judge this book on the fact they do not like a script too much.

Because it is a script, you do not get too much about the characters thoughts and backgrounds. Which I feel sad about, but understand.

Harry is still Harry, but now he is a dad and works, instead of having adventures with his friends. The synopsis says he is overworked, I did not really got that fact from the play, only that he works much. But my dad works much and is not overworked, so I did not see how that tied into him having problems relating to Albus.

I like Scorpius, he is funny and everything his dad is not. That and the fact that he too has a problem with his dad makes him relate very well with Albus. Which is more than Harry and Ron at the beginning of The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Overall I liked the book and the characters, but some facts and characters were changed in such a way it did not boat well with me. I did not get annoyed with the book over it, but it bugged me a bit. That is why I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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