Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

By Kc Cooper

5/5 – Great

When Scholastic and Little, Brown and Company publishing gave a statement announcing the release of the 8th story to the Harry Potter series last year, Muggles around the world went mad with excitement.  Speculation later began shrouding the story  when word  released that it was not exactly a book, but a special edition script to the accompanying  play that premiered in London’s  west end a few weeks ago at the end of July.  The play itself has been a huge hit with dedicated fans and newcomers to the beloved series alike.

The script book was based off of a new story J.K. Rowling had created with the help John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.  She even took to social media to verify that it was not a prequel to a new line of Harry Potter books. While some fans where majorly disappointed when the script was released to find that it was a script and not a novel.  The majority of the feedback has been outstanding and positive.

The story follows the life of Harry’s youngest son, Albus potter, who in his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry learns that he is not quite who he believed he was going to be.  While attempting to live up to a legacy that he never wanted as everyone begins to realize he was not like his father.  Along the journey to prove himself to his father and family, Albus meets an unexpected friend who helps him cope through his differences. Together they embark on an unforgettable and nearly deadly journey to discover who they are.

Even though it was not solely written by the masterful mind of J.K. Rowling, The Cursed Child is still an amazing experience.  We see how Draco and Harry’s children end up, being raised by two famous parents and having to undergo the pressures of being their parents’ children.  In the end, any new experience in the Harry Potter world is a great experience, especially when it adds to a universe already rich with magical meaning.

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