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.
The day I got this book I couldn’t put the book down. All day knowing that it had arrived I couldn’t decide which of the three books I would read first. However, when I got home and opened the box I knew exactly which book I would be reading. Once that book was taken out of the box (and it was the top book) nothing else mattered. I sat down and I started reading and I didn’t stop reading (except to get food) untiland then I couldn’t get to sleep even though I had to be up at for work.
Now I have heard mixed things about this book and while it was an amazing story I felt it had a few issues as well. First of all, if you have never read a book in script format then you probably struggled through it, I however am a huge fan of play formatted books (i.e. – Shakespeare, Our Town, etc). I actually enjoyed reading in this format however in this format I feel like the book itself lacked in parts. I felt like there was so much more this story could have expanded into if it had not been written in this format. Then I saw the pictures of the cast of the actual play and I just couldn’t imagine it anymore. The characters look nothing like I thought they would, especially after growing up with the cast of the movies. But that is off topic because we are talking about the book not the play itself. However, I would love to see the play made into a movie with the original cast.
Anyways, I truly enjoyed this book. I loved how the characters worked together. I did have slight issues with the HP and son dynamic at first. It didn't seem like the way Harry would treat his son period but then I figured out why and how the dynamic worked. I loved the relationship between Albus and Malfoy's son as well. The whole book just kind of flowed together in an unexpected way.
I look forward to seeing it on either the stage or the screen in the future just to see if my idea of the book translates into the performance. So besides it's need to be longer and more detailed I was exceptionally happy with this book. I don't know what else I could possibly say about this book it was that good.
5 Magical Stars!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this book. What did you think? Did you read it? Did you buy it but are afraid to read it? Have you seen the play?