Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne | Book Review

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

Reading Group: Potterheads

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: "The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

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."

Cover: The cover of this book shows Albus in a nest with bird wings.  I'm not really sure what the nest has to do with everything, but the wings were the same as the one Delphi has tattooed on her back as a sign to Dark Magic.  The nest may be symbolic of a child who is born into something he maybe doesn't want, but can't control.

My Review:  I would like to start out by saying that I was a little skeptical about this book because it is written like a play and typically when I read plays I don't pay attention as to who's speaking and I get confused and lost very quickly.  It didn't take me long into this play that I realized my reason for being lost was probably because most of the plays I've read have been written by Shakespeare and I had no idea what he was trying to say anyway.  This play was amazing, I mean obviously because it's Harry Potter.  It made me want to jump on a plane and see it in person.  And if it wasn't sold out for months and months I might have.  It was just such an interesting story of Harry's son, who at the end of Deathly Hallows I kind of assumed he'd be just like Harry, but he's not.  The two of them can't seem to find anything to talk about and Albus seems to think that Harry is a fraud for not wanting to help Mr. Diggory.  However, changing the past changes more than Albus and Scorpius ever wanted and they have to figure out a way to fix it before it's too late.  It's a little funny that Voldemort is what brings Harry and his son closer.  It's weird to think that Voldemort was a dad, but I'm not surprised it was Bellatrix's kid.  She was creepily in love with Voldemort and that was evident very early on in the series.  This play is about kids trying to prove something to their parents, which is something most kids want to do, but it's also Harry Potter which makes it absolutely amazing and something everyone should read.

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