Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (review)

I almost didn’t want to read this book. I was nervous about reading a play. I was nervous that Harry Potter would lose its magic. I was afraid that I would hate it and that Harry Potter would be ruined for me. I mean, why mess with a good thing?index.jpg

And, OK, it was nothing compared to the actual Harry Potter books, but that does not mean that it is not worth reading!

The story is set in the present. Harry is now 40 years old and Head of Magical Law Enforcement. Hermione is the Minister of Magic. Ron runs the joke shop. All is well (if you don’t get that Harry potter reference, then just….)

Harry and Ginny are dropping their children off at the train to Hogwarts. We have a few time jumps here and there, and then complications arise because Harry – Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement – seized an illegal Time-Turner from Theodore Nott and has kept it.

Meanwhile, Albus gets sorted into Slytherin and struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.
Harry tries to reach out to Albus but finds that he has difficulty understanding someone different. And their connection wobbles from year to year because of it. To top it all off Albus is best friends with none other than Scorpious Malfoy, who actually is a sweet and sensitive boy.

In an act of defiance after a fight with his father, Albus steals the Time-Turner and decides to go back in time to save Cedric Diggory’s life from what he sees as an unnecessary death at the hands of his father. He goes back in time and chaos (obviously) ensues.

The play touched on some things that I really loved. There is a touching scene where Harry and Dumbledore’s portrait reminisce about the past. Ron is still as goofy as he always was. And it is revealed that Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange TOTALLY HAD AN AFFAIR.

My only complaint (if I have to have one) is that the ending is wrapped up WAY too perfectly. I could have used some more reality there. But overall I think that any Harry Potter fan will enjoy it- so don’t be afraid to read it!

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