Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

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Review by Suze
 
Harry Potter is at the end of his thirties, he has a family and works for the Ministry of Magic. He's married to Ginny and they have three children. Albert is about to start Hogwarts. While his big brother James has an easy and fun time at school Albert is struggling. He has one good friend, Scorpius, and that's it. Albus resents his father because Harry makes him feel like he's the black sheep of the family, the son who always disappoints.
 
When Albert discovers his father refuses to grant a wish he thinks Harry should have fulfilled he tries to do the right thing and make it come true himself. Together with Scorpius he comes up with a plan that has its roots in Harry's past. When new and old enemies have a chance to win the battle against Harry Potter, father and son need to reconcile to save the future.
 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a fantastic play. I loved reading about the familiar characters of the Harry Potter novels while it was fun at the same time to be introduced to a new generation of wizards. I liked the angle that was chosen. Albus has a lot of frustration festering inside him and this leads to all kinds of trouble. He isn't popular, he isn't a skilled spell caster and he feels like he isn't well loved. This is a good base for a gripping story and the execution is great. Every scene is interesting and the story feels like a natural succession of the seven Harry Potter novels.
 
Even though Harry Potter is now a man with a family and a job his character hasn't changed much. He's still fiercely loyal, he keeps making stupid mistakes from time to time and he isn't afraid to admit that he has flaws. He is an approachable man who loves his family and doesn't always know how to show this. I liked how magic and spells are being combined with everyday trouble that anyone can relate to. It's a fascinating mix.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is easy to read and I didn't have any trouble picturing what the scenes would look like on stage. I really liked this Harry Potter play, part of it is a fun trip down memory lane and the rest is a fabulous new story set in a world that will always remain brilliant.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review! I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, but I have so been on the fence about reading this because of it being in play form. I may have to check it out.

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  2. Oh, wow, you've read it?! I can't wait to read it as well.

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  3. Oh my gosh!! Sssooo excited to read this! Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to visit the bookstore yet. But I'm dying to read this! Thanks for the review! =)

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  4. It will be fun to read more of Harry's life.

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  5. So excited about this book! I'm a big Harry Potter fan and can't wait to read this! Sounds really awesome :)
    Great review!

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  6. What fun! I'm going to have to try this one.

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  7. My copy is coming in the mail soon -- come on, Amazon!
    this is the first review I've read, and I'm so excited now!
    Dianna

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  8. Really any kind of romance will be a great kind of summer read for me. :)

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  9. Thank you for your honest review, much appreciated!

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  10. I always enjoyed the Harry Potter books and look forward to reading about the next generation. Thanks for this review.

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  11. starting this book in the morning, can't wait!

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  12. Sounds like an awesome read, thanks for the review!

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  13. The most awaited review of the YEAR!!! <3

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  14. I bought this for my niece's birthday & she adored it!

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