Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: 31st July 2016
Source: Publisher Own Copy
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, 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 received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 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.
The world of Harry Potter needs no explanation and unless you have been living under a rock you know who is who and what is what. You will also know that it has been made in to a London show - The Cursed Child.
JK along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne have taken the characters we know and love, and revisits them 19 years later as adults with children of their own.
I won't go over the plot too much as the book is still new and I don't want to spoil it for fans still to get their mitts on it but I want to talk about the characters.
First of all there are quite a few new characters and out of all of those my favourite would have to be Scorpius Malfoy, the fruit of Draco Malfoy's loins, he is such a brilliant character. He goes to school with Harry's middle child Albus and the pair of them become unlikely friends. Scorpius is the kind of friend you need in your life, the polar opposite of his father, he is kind, caring and the bestest friend that Albus could ever have.
Secondly, Draco his dad, I thought he was a total weasel in the original books but as an adult, a father and husband, he really does come in to his own and yes he has done a lot of terrible things in his life but in book eight, he does redeem himself in my eyes.
Old characters of course also make a re-appearance, it is no secret that Ron and Hermione are married as are Harry and Ginny, some others also make great appearances, some very much missed characters.
Now this is not a traditional book, it a a script which is not everyones cup of tea but I didn't mind it at all. The story is good, really good but not excellent. Maybe if it was an actual book where more of a scene was set it was be excellent.
It is a nice addition to the HP shelf but you know what I want from JK, I want maybe a prequel of how Lily and James fell in love, journeys to the other wizarding schools, maybe even a journey with a whole new wizarding family, who knows, she has plenty of talent and I am sure she will continue to entertain us.
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