Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Being a huge Harry Potter fan and after reading all Harry Potter books more than 5 times, I was super excited to get my hands on Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The way J K Rowling has expanded the world of wizard and Hogward's was fascinating, enchanting rather. There have been times when I take any Harry Potter book and spend nights reading it. The way Harry along with Ron and Harmione faced which was thrown in their way, was really encouraging. From fighting Voldemort and his followers to cherishing friendship and family to quirky moments of their dating life, the Harry Potter book had it all in its own little world of Hogward's.

Once the seventh book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollow was out, I thought it was over. Especially after reading the Epilogue, I was really craving to read more about the world without Voldemort in it. A world where Harry is a regular Dad and Ron and Harmione together. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is an answer to all those who asked for more and more. Only this time, it was wrapped in a different package. It is a book which is actually Screenplay of the theatre productions in the same name. Honesty, I never read the screenplay so I really don't know what to expect from this one. The book was indeed what you can expect to happen where famous Harry Potter is chased by followers of Voldemort in a story different than what we have been reading for last 7-8 years.

The book takes you 24 years in advance where Harry Potter and Ginny Potter are sending their second son, Albus Severus Potter to Hogward's. A place where his brother, James Potter is already in the second year. This was the very start of where JK Rowling has left us in Deathly Hollow. Ron and Harmione are also at platform 9 1/2 to see off their daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley along with Draco Malfoy, dropping his son to Hogward's, Scorpius Malfoy. The story revolves around Albus and Scorpius who becomes best friends in their first journey in Hogward's Express. Albus unlike James or Harry is sorted into Slytherin and the problem starts to begin. This incident leads to lots of trouble for Albus and he start to question how much of his father he is. Harry being a good father, try to pacify Albus, but all goes in vain. Since it is a screenplay, it's fast forward to their 4th year quite soon. Albus and Scorpius, feeling like a neglected child, wish to change the history by bringing Cedrick Diggory with the help of a time-turner. They go back in time to the Triwizord Tournament to change the face of history which leads to a different world and in the second attempt, they bring the dark world without Harry Potter alive. The reason for Albus to find Time-Turner and change the history was a seed planted by Delphi Diggory, who in truth is not the cousin of Cedric, Augurey. The story ends with the gang going back to the time on the very day when Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter and his spell fire back because of the power of Love - Lily's love for her only child, Harry.

Since I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, I kind of liked the story, despite what people say about it. It reminded me of the days when Harry used to run around the wizard world to stop Voldemort. I loved the friendship between Harry, Ron and Harmione, whereas Cursed Child focus on the friendship between Albus and Scorpius. I would have loved if Rose could have been part of this pair or maybe James (History and stories prove that friendship of three is more powerful than two). Also compare to thousands of pages of Harry Potter books (4th onwards), this was hardly 200-250 pages and that's only because it was a screenplay.

The only down point for me in this book was the feeling of reading Harry Potter book. The pages and pages explaining the room or situation or a thing or their feelings were missing. This book didn't make me imagine the world, it was too cut short to get clarity in the mind of the situation. Also, there can be so much more between the scene which book explains and screenplay fail to do that. It did cover the story in good manner and maybe the theatre production will be more exciting to watch, however, the feel of reading yet another amazing world of the wizard was missing in this book cum screenplay of Cursed Child. Hopefully, I will get a chance to see the theatre rendition of this screenplay and that will help my brain imaging Hogward's much better.

In all, it was good to read another edition of Harry Potter and though it may have some down point for the story and characters turn of event, I hope JK Rowling continues to write and we get more and more of Harry, Ron and Harmione with now, Ginny, James, Albus and Rose being part of the gang (Draco and Scorpius Malfoy too). 


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