Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Book Review
Book Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Authors: JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
SFWF Rating: 5/5 stars
Imagine feeling like you’ve read the last Harry Potter book, and wishing, and wishing, and wishing that you’d get another one. Cut to 9 years later and you do get another book, albeit just a “rehearsal script”, but still a chance to get back to that world that you miss—and will always do. Oh, and it’s also the perfect treat for people who couldn’t see the play in London, too!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years later—and if you read the books, that’ll mean a lot to you. Anyway, even in just the first few sentences, you’d already feel that huge wave of nostalgia—and that special feeling that you’re “home”. See, that’s what makes this book so special: the fact that you kind of feel like you’re able to use a time-turner to just be that person who read those Harry Potter books again, but this time, in a completely different notion. It’s also hard not to wolf the book down in one sitting. As someone who’s been having a hard time finishing books lately, I definitely felt super excited for this one, and I just had to read it all at once.
In this book, you’d learn more about Albus Severus Potter—the boy with that infamously debatable name; Harry Potter’s youngest—the only one who got Lily’s eyes. At first glance, Albus mirrors his father the way Harry mirrored his father, James, all those years ago. But, just like Harry is different from his father, Albus is, too, but in another manner. Here, you’d learn about the repercussions of having the Boy Who Lived as your father; of being able to live in his shadow, and of the need to feel like yourself.
Surprisingly, (and maybe not, especially if you’ve read fanfics about Post-Potter life, the new generation, or whatever you call them) we also learn about Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy—Draco’s son, and the role he plays in the life of Albus, and everyone else involved.
While new, the story also brought back some of the characters you know and love—and hated, too. Characters you grew up with—some you knew full too well, some in passing. Nonetheless, they all play pivotal roles in this story—and that’s what makes it magical: the way JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne were able to bring them all back without making the story feel too stuffed; without making things seem like they were just done for the “money”, but that there was a story that needed to be told—because endings only bring forth new beginnings.
Without spoiling anything (hopefully), I’d say that this book is full of adventure. It will make you question what you thought you knew about the series—and the secrets that were actually lurking within. You’d feel for the characters, the way you did for Harry and his friends all those years ago. Some theories that you may have had in mind will be answered; you’d go “I knew it”, or “I knew something was up”, and “Finally! He said what I was thinking all along”—something along those lines.
Going back to what I said about fanfiction, some parts of this book felt so much like that—but not in a bad way. I guess, it is also a means to serve what people—the fans—want; to help you get some sense of what really happened 19 years later, and beyond. You’d laugh, you’d cheer, you’d feel a spring of hope, a dash of pain. It’ll make you feel like you’re part of that world again, and for me, that is something utterly important—something that not a lot of books could do.
Upon reaching the end, I felt a familiar pang of sadness—the same thing I felt after reading Deathly Hallows, and watching the final movie. And apparently, that’s also one of the main themes of the book, if you know what I mean—the thought that happiness is fleeting, but with it comes the fear that life will be monotonous again; the feeling that pain is real, and it’s so much a part of life—just like happiness is, and should be.
Was it everything I expected it to be? I don’t know, because I actually had no idea what I expected. What I only knew was that I wanted to read this book—I’m up for anything Harry Potter related. I’m also giving this 5 stars (and if you knew me, you’d know I just don’t give those away so easily) because even if it had imperfections—I’m sure, there are—for me, just being able to dive into that world again, and be part of something special (seeing Potter posts on my feed; knowing Potterheads are reading this almost at the same time, etc.) Learning about what happened to Harry and his pals is more than enough, and for that, I am thankful.
Probably going to re-read tonight. Who knows? I feel like I’m not ready to let go of this world—again—and well, why should we, right?
After all, Hogwarts will ALWAYS be there to bring us home. And this book is one perfect reminder of that.