Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Special Rehearsal Edition Script
Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, 2016
From the dust jacket: “Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts … 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 a 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.”
When this book was first published I had no intention of reading it. I liked the Harry Potter canon just as it was – with no add-ons like prequels or sequels. I felt it was complete in and of itself. But then I saw the book on the library shelves and I had just finished one book and was ready for another—so I took a chance.
At first I was supremely disappointed. I didn’t like reading a script of a play – but I got used to it. Then I was disappointed in how Harry was being portrayed or how his interaction with his son Albus was going. But the story intrigued me, so I hung in there. And I’m glad I did. Turns out this is a very good Harry Potter book. And it makes a good addition to the saga – it provides more of a closure than the last few pages of the last book did and offers some insight into how children see their larger-than-life parents.
I refuse to do spoilers but I will be honest and say I really liked Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. For me, as a character he was way more likeable than Albus. But then he didn’t have the extra baggage Albus had with having a famous father. Well, now that I think about it, Scorpius did have extra baggage because his father was infamous, plus one other very important detail which I won’t reveal. He just handled it better than Albus.
Suffice it to say, if you enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books, or watching the movies (I’ve done both multiple times) then you will enjoy the story. It’s a good one—a really good one.
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws (because I really don’t like reading scripts or screenplays!)