Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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I’m not entirely sure where to start with this review because this book was on all levels of awesomeness and yet I want to keep the majority of my feelings bottled and this review spoiler free.

I bought this book on Wednesday and was going to wait a few days before reading it because I am reading so much at the minute. However at 9:30pm I decided I would ‘start’ the book, less than 4 hours later I had finished it. I just couldn’t put the book down, it was such a good read and I was dying to see what would happen. As with any J.K Rowling I was hooked from the beginning and twists and turns were every few pages with the plot thickening.

The characters in this book were a breath of fresh air. With seven books about Harry’s story and a war against the dark lord it was nice to introduce some new younger characters to this world yet still with a connection to the time we know and love. The story focuses primarily on Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. These two characters are intriguing, intelligent and different from their famous fathers.

Although we are brought into a more mature world, the characters we grew up reading about or watching in the movies have grown up with us and have had their own children. With this there is a mature dialogue and despite being older they still possess the traits we know and love, Hermione is still intelligent and strong whilst Ron is still telling jokes and witty comebacks. Harry still cares for those he loves and would do anything to protect those around him and Hogwarts still holds secrets and is a home for students.

I can understand that many people weren’t happy about the release of this play as for many readers Harry’s story came to a natural close in Book 7 however this play allows the story to continue, even in its own way. I may have originally looked at this book as a follow on, however I see it as a new way for the story to extend and maybe even collect some new fans on the way. Harry Potter may have started its journey on the page, continued onto the big screen and now it’s only natural that this hugely popular world continues onto the stage. I wish I could have the chance to see this play in London but unfortunately it sold out immediately and so far I haven’t heard if it will be staged again anywhere.

After reading this I immediately had wanted to find my feet in this world again so I pre-ordered the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is due for release in a few months’ time.

I gave Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I really hope more books will be released in the future with these characters. I want to read more about their journey and learn more about these characters and what may lie ahead for them.

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