Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Goodreads Summary: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.

Ok. I had so much nostalgic feels of reading this book in one sitting. I grew up with Harry Potter for most of the latter books and I had the same anxiousness when I received the previous books. 

This story takes place twenty years after the last Harry Potter book. Harry and Ginny have three kids and the middle child who's name is Albus Severus Potter feels like he doesn't fit in anywhere especially living in the shadow of his father. He wants to prove that he is more than Harry Potter's son. 

I was so happy to see the gang again and the adventures that took place. Albus is a very headstrong young man. I understood where he was coming from with his feelings about carrying the weight of his famous father. He was isolated and he distant himself from those that loved him. I adored his relationship with Scorpius. I felt that it was a good match with them being that their fathers did not like each other.

Scorpius is the total opposite of his father. He was much kinder and although they both were brave he was living in a darker shadow that caused him to isolate himself as well. It was heartbreaking for him. Out of all the characters I loved Scorpious the most. 

Harry is a father of three and he does his best but because of his life events he is very protective of his children especially Albus. He only knew how to be a father the best way he knew how to and I applaud him. He may have made some mistakes but thats how we learn. 

I even had a love/hate relationship with Draco. I didn't like him at all for books 1-5 then when book 6 came out my heart broke for him because whether he knew it or not him and Harry were just alike in some ways. The maturity is there with him and Harry although there are some awkward parts. After reading this book I could see them slowly becoming really good friends especially with Scorpius being best friends with Albus and someone else but for the sake of spoilers I won't say.

Ron, Ginny, and Hermionie were all the same. I loved seeing them again and how close everyone still was and how they are as adults.

I wished there were more of action into the story. The plot building was good but the climax didn't have much of a punch as I had expected.  The twists were great some may have been predictable.

I missed this world so much and was glad to be apart of it again.

Rating 4.5 Stars