Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Category: Fiction, Script, Children’s
Review: First, this is a SPOILER ALERT! You may see this months after the book has come out, but today it is July 31, 2016. If you haven’t read it, then don’t look ahead if you don’t want to have the plot spoiled for you. I warned you.
Secondly, some people are saying that they do not like the play format. I actually like it. I have only read the play format in books such as Romeo and Juliet. So this is actually a nice change and helped me get through the book rather quickly.
Thirdly, some people are also saying that J.K. Rowling is making another book for the money. I just don’t believe it. This is not a book necessarily. It is, but it isn’t. It is a script of the play that the authors have combined and wrote together. I think that there is potential for expansion and I would love to see a new series with Harry’s child at the center. However, I don’t think it is for the money.
Okay, so let’s get to the review. This book (or play) basically starts where the seventh book ends, at the King’s Cross station. This is where Albus is concerned whether he will be sorted into Slytherin or Gryffindor. Basically, he and Rose (Hermione and Ron’s daughter) get on the train and start off on their journey. Rose is concerned about who they make friends with. However, Albus finds a nearly deserted compartment with Scorpius (I think that is how you spell his name, Malfoy’s son) and decides to befriend him. Rose doesn’t like this and basically goes off on her own. Skip ahead and Albus becomes the first Potter to become a Slytherin.
We skip ahead to find Harry (who works for the Ministry) and Amos Diggory talking in the Potter’s house about a time-turner and about bringing Cedric back from the dead. Albus is is on the steps and listens to the conversation. This is a day before Albus’ fourth year starts. The next day he decides to steal the time-turner in Hermione’s office (she’s Minister of Magic) with the help of Scorpius and a girl who is the supposed niece of Amos Diggory. They successfully get it and go back in time to change things.
Well changing time creates new futures for both Albus and Scorpius. The first time, it changes many things for both of them. Albus is now a Gryffindor and Hermione is a professor. The next time, Albus isn’t born and Voldemort is alive.
Finally, after changing the time back to the way it is supposed to be, the two try to destroy it in their correct time, but Amos Diggory’s supposed niece, wants to go back in time to save Cedric from being killed for other purposes. It doesn’t work, but they end up being sent back to the past where Harry’s parents are about to be killed. The two have no way of getting home, however, they find a way to contact their parents in the future. After a fight with the niece, they go back to the correct time. That is the basic plot.
What I liked about this story is that there was a lot of pull and tug between Harry and Albus. Harry isn’t a perfect dad. He is still trying to work things out because he didn’t have a dad and doesn’t know exactly what to do. Albus is the harder of the children to speak to for some reason. Maybe because he is more like Harry. I loved this story and you have to decide for yourself if you like it or not. I definitely recommend it.