Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two
Authors: J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
As a start, I am not going to call this Harry Potter #8 contrary to Goodreads belief, since I see this book as an add-on, separate from the GREATNESS THAT IS THE SEVEN BOOKS OF HP.
But nonetheless, I had such a fun ride reading this book. It was different, yes, and many also say that it didn’t give the same vibe that the main series did, yet I STILL LIKED IT.
It was so nice seeing these characters back in action again, even if it wasn’t focusing on our original trio. Albus was a very interesting character to read about, since he was portrayed as the ‘black sheep of the family.’ He feels neglected and misunderstood compared to his other siblings.
Although Scorpius was by far my favorite character in this book. He’s literally the best friend you could ever have and I definitely feel like Albus took him for granted at some points. 😦
Some weak points in this book were how different and changed the original characters seemed. Some of the decisions Harry made in this book didn’t really match the character that was built in the main series. And yes, I get that his personality traits directly correlated with the plot of the book itself, but still. Harry just didn’t seem like Harry.
Also, there was our lovely Ron Weasley who acted like a total nut-head in this book. It seemed as if they included his character just for the comic relief, which really bothered me because Ron is so much more than that.
Overall, the adventure that we followed in this book was super fun. As I mentioned before, it was great seeing these characters again, but was this particular story line necessary? Not really. This play seemed like an extra thing for the fans of Harry Potter, (which it most likely was). It gave us a brief experience of how their lives were after Voldemort, without writing another 7 or so books.
That’s it for this review! Sorry that it’s all over the place. I tried my hardest not to spoil anything!
Thanks for reading!