Book Talk: The Cursed Child



“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.”

It’s here! The eighth, and final installment in Harry Potter’s life is now on bookshelves worldwide for our reading pleasure. When it was announced that there would be a play, 4774.62 miles away from myself, I was morose. I thought the only way I would be able to find out what happens in this new adventure was to read someone else’s experience of it.

Then it was revealed that there would be a published copy of the script. Who else was totally thrilled with this news?!?! I was still bummed I would never see it on stage, but now I could at least have the words in my hands.

The New York Times says:

“As in the books, the suspense here is electric and nonstop, and it has been cleverly constructed around developments recalling events in the original Potter novels — scenes from the Triwizard Tournament in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the penetration of the Ministry of Magic by Harry, Ron and Hermione (using Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves) in “Deathly Hallows”; and a visit to Godric’s Hollow in that same volume. As a bonus, fans are also given a scattering of interesting new insights into Harry, Dumbledore and Voldemort.”

USA Today says:

“Very quickly, even while just reading the script of Cursed Child, you remember that Rowling loves these stories and characters as much as you do, and it becomes easier and more enjoyable to read the script. After all, love, as Voldemort never understood, is the strongest magic of all.”

Although I have yet to see this on my bookshelf, I hope to add it in the near future. The world of Harry Potter is close to my heart, as it is with millions around the world. Albeit, I am nervous to see where my favorite characters are at 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts, I have faith in Rowling that it will be a magical adventure.

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? What do you think?

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