Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Good day! How are you all? This past few weeks have been a bit tough, for I finally started off a new semester at university. Nevertheless, my reading hobby has not stopped whatsoever; as a matter of fact, I have read on these holidays like 5 books more or less. If you want to check out my Goodreads reading challenge, click in here.

Today’s post is about the wonderful world of Harry Potter. I am a big fan of Harry Potter since ever. I have read the seven principal books several times, in English and in Spanish; I just cannot quit doing it. That is why I could not help reading the latest book from this unique and fantastic world full of magic, time-turners and travels back in time.

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This book is based on the original story by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. In fact, the book is based actually on the script of the play, which has the same name. Here it is an official summary of the book released by the publisher:

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.

My Review: Firstly, I have to say that I truly enjoyed the book; it was fantastic. What a wonderful way to return and to continue the previous story of wizards and witches. The plot itself is very interesting; it shows an adult Harry Potter and his three children. However, the book is mostly based on Albus, his middle-child, with who he has several father-and-son problems throughout the plot. He (Albus) feels different and, in a sort of way, rejected not only by his father, but also by his classmates at Hogwarts. He becomes friend of Scorpius, who is Draco Malfoy’s only child and sole heir. Both of them start off a series of complex events that bring up drama, thrill and fantasy to the plot. I highly recommend this book if you are fan of Harry Potter or if you want to get involved with this fantastic world for the first time, I recommend to start with the first book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Albus Severus Potter: Harry’s son, Albus, is sometimes very rude with Harry; all of this because he feels so different from what his father was; he does not feel connected with his family either. I would say that all the teasing and chatter about him start with him being sorted into the Slytherin house. Throughout the story, however, learning from his mistakes, he starts to understand what harry had to suffer when he was young. At the end of the story, they end up getting along well and develop a father-and-son union.

Scorpius Malfoy: Draco’s son, Scorpius, is my favourite character. He is just the opposite of his father; his personality is very shy and faint-hearted. He becomes friend of Albus and they end up being best friends. They get through very quirky events that, at the end of the day, make them realise how frail changing the past can be. In my opinion, he is a very interesting character.

The Old Characters: I really liked to see the old characters (Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, Ginny…) in a more mature way. How they handle the situation, how their behaviour changed (just a little) and many other details make them look great and sophisticated. I truly liked them throughout the story.

In conclusion, I give this book a ten of ten and I highly recommend it. I have seen many negative comments about it. It is true that the writing style is a bit different from the other works; however, I do think that the story is terrific and wonderful.

What do you think about it? Did you read it? How was it?

Tell me in the comments section.

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23 thoughts on “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  1. Hi. Good review. I enjoyed reading about HP and the gang again. I also read the book and liked it a lot. The play format distracted me a little bit; normally, I love reading plays. When it’s a family of familiar characters, I kinda wanted to normal novel format. It was like going home again on a weekend to see old friends. Some things have changed, and it’s not quite the same, but still a necessary and wonderful trip.

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  2. I agree with a lot of what you said, and I didn’t mind the play format either! I think the whole reason I ended up not liking Cursed Child is because of the whole thing with Voldemort having a kid. I can’t find any evidence in the original series that that happened or would have happened, and it just seemed a little far-fetched to me. However, the play was pretty great for all the reasons you said with the main characters.

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    1. Exactly! Now, thinking about it, I think that you’re right. I did not notice any hint of that happening in the future in the original series either. In my opinion, there are several details that did not fit in this story according to the original plot. However, generally speaking, the plot itself was good.

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  3. I loved the Cursed Child book!! I can definitely see why some people didn’t like it though, as it is a screenplay and not a novel (and it’s kind of strange to see characters you grew up with depicted as adults).

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      1. Absolutely! Actually, I was thinking about writing a post about it, because many people have asked me the same question. Besides, I would be glad to help other bloggers.

        Nonetheless, if you don’t want to wait until I post it. Check out the comments section from my post named questions and answers; I answered that question there.

        Thank you for supporting my blog. 😉

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