on July 31st 2016
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.
Originally I had absolutely no intention of reading this book. None. Even though I really missed the Harry Potter world, I was convinced by other book reviewers and booktubers that this book was awful and not canon. And while I may agree that this book was not the best Harry Potter book, it could have been worse.
I did really enjoy seeing Harry, Hermoine, and Ron all grown up with children of their own. And I enjoyed the fact that the story revolves around Harry’s son, Albus and Snape’s son, Scorpius. I would be totally lying if I didn’t admit that I totally ship them. As someone who was mildly obsessed with the LiveJournal HP Secrets or.hdcomic (if you know what I am referring to, we are now best friends), I shipped them hard. If Harry and Draco weren’t together, then damnit, their sons should be together. But I digress (shoves all the fangirl feels way deep down inside).
Reading this book was different, as it’s written in script/play format. There were a few lines that made me groan, but overall I thought it was done very well. It made me laugh and it made me teary. And after reading this book I immediately wanted to re-read the entire series. And get my hands on the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Illustrated Edition as I still do not own it.
I think that if you really liked the Harry Potter series and are willing to go into this book with an open mind, you will enjoy it. You might have to push your idyllic version of what happened to them years later out of your mind for a bit, but I think it’s completely worth it. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script