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Synopsis:

“THE EIGHTH STORY. NINETEEN YEARS LATER…

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.

Based on an original new story from J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth Harry Potter story and the first to be officially presented on stage. This Special Rehearsal Edition of the script brings the continued journey of Harry Potter and his friends and family to readers everywhere, immediately following the play’s world premiere in London’s West End on 30 July 2016.

The stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.”

Review:

I FINALLY READ IT GUYS. I FINALLY READ THE CURSED CHILD.

It has been over a year since this book came out and I have just now read it.

And I LOVED it.

I was shocked about how much I enjoyed this book. I went in expecting to absolutely hate it but that wasn’t the case at all and I’m so happy about that.

This book was getting so many mixed reviews after it came out last July. Most people hated it because it didn’t feel like any of the other books in the series. Others really liked the new directions that the author took the story in. It was a little bit of everything.

I loved how this book focused a lot on family and friendship dynamics. We focus primarily on the friendship between Albus and Scorpius but we also get to see all of our favorite characters from the original series which never failed to put a smile on my face.

As far as the characters, I loved them all. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Albus. I found him a little annoying at times but at other times I loved him. He reminded me so much of Harry at that age (which makes since considering that is his son). My favorite character by far was Scorpius. I LOVED Scorpius. He felt like a mix of Hermione and Draco. He had the wit of Draco put the smarts of Hermione (I know that Hermione and Draco weren’t a couple but Scorpius just reminded me of them). I had a feeling that Scorpius would be my favorite character going in due to the fact that Draco Malfoy is my favorite character in the original series and sure enough that was the case.

The plot was also very interesting. I think that the elements of time travel that were included added a very interesting element to the story. I loved how Albus didn’t end up in Gryffindor when he got sorted. I loved how one of the Potter kids ended up in Slytherin (I’m a Slytherin myself so #slytherinpride). It was a great plot.

The only problem I had with this book and the reason I think that a lot of people didn’t like the book overall was the writing style. Even though I loved the plot and the characters, the writing of this book didn’t feel the same and it didn’t have the same impact that the original series did. To be honest, this book felt less like a novel and more like fanfiction. Now, I normally don’t have a problem with fanfiction, I used to write Harry Potter and Star Wars fanfiction all the time, but when it becomes a published piece of literature, that is when it becomes a problem. I think that Thorne and Tiffany had a great idea originally for a fanfiction, wrote it into the play that is now in bookstores and published it. It could have been so much better if it wasn’t for the writing style.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Despite the fact that it felt like fanfiction in my personal opinion, I did have a very enjoyable time reading it.I can definitely see why people have so many problems with it but in my personal opinion, I thought it was a great book. The play itself is finally coming to the U.S. next year so I’m hoping that when I visit New York, whether it be next year or in 5 years, that I will get the chance to see it for myself.

RATING: 4/5

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