Friday, August 26, 2016

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child book review

Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Rowling, Tiffany and Thorne.

The Story- (blurb)

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.

My Thoughts-
This tale was different enough to be a refreshing addition to the Harry Potter world. Told as a screen play, the story is written in four acts, two parts. It does lack the intensity of previous works, and the world building is all left to the readers imagination. Hopefully you already know the back story, so the images come in loud and clear.

What I liked the best was the way the story looks into the world of the now and the what if? The book starts 19 years after book 7. Harry and Ginnie have three children, and this story is about boy number 2, Albus. Even though written through dialogue, the reader gets a good feel of the angst that surrounds Albus' life as he is always compared to his amazing father. So here we have the present.

Albus is best friends with Draco's son, Scorpius. They are both in Slytherin and spend all their time together. As their years as Hogwart's pass, and they do, real quick, Albus becomes more and more disassociated with his father. When a time-turner is found, Albus thinks this is his moment to outshine his dad. Together, Albus and Scorpius set out to save Cedric Diggery.

So, now we come to the what ifs? The first world we glimpse is one where Hermione and Ron never married.That idea alone is enough to stir up loyal fans. The wrongness comes through in the relationships as Ron has no humor and Herminone is a mean, Defense Against the Dark arts teacher. Then it gets worse. Another fiddle with time brings the reader to a time where Harry died and Voldemort rules,  plus Delores Umbridge runs Hogwarts. Just these two peeks into alternate worlds is fabulous.

Then things get worse and wham, the author's throw in a twist and betrayal that I didn't suspect. Nicely done. I think Harry Potter fans will enjoy this look into Harry's life. The fact that it is written as a screenplay is odd, but okay. I give it 4.5 stars!


  1. Interesting. I haven't read this yet, but I want to. I feel like the world of Harry Potter has been turning without me and I'm just realizing it!

    Dena @ Batch of Books

  2. I'm not a fan of reading plays, but my daughter was quite happy with it. Have you thought about the upcoming Cybils season? Whether you are thinking about applying to be a judge or making your list of books to nominate, you should hop over to the site and check it out!

  3. I've read a lot of reviews for this one. It's a love-hate relationship for sure. I'm too busy reading novels to have time to read this play, but I'll probably sneak it in eventually. Thanks for the review.