Title – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Series – Harry Potter #8
Author – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 327 pages
Publication Date – July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
ISBN – 9780751565355
My Rating – ★★★★★/5
Harry is still struggling with the past, which refuses to stay where it belongs. Albus, Harry and Ginny’s youngest son, is struggling under a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present begin to merge ominously, father and son learn an unforgettable truth – sometimes darkness shows up in unexpected places.
I received a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from Hachette New Zealand to review. If you haven’t read The Cursed Child yet then stop reading now because my review will have spoilers. I decided to wait to review this to give people a chance to read it so I wouldn’t ruin the story for anyone.
I was excited and nervous to read The Cursed Child. I didn’t want to get my expectations up in case I didn’t like it. I knew going into it that it wouldn’t be like the other books in the series because it’s written as a script. This is the first time I’ve ever read a play so I enjoyed that part of it too.
I’m going to say now that I did love this but there were some things that I thought were weird and a little out there.. First, there was Albus wanting to find a way to save Cedric.
Yes, Cedric’s death was horrible, he was innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time but there was probably hundreds of innocent people that either Voldemort or one of his Death Eaters killed and didn’t deserve it. So why did Albus choose Cedric? Because he heard Cedric’s dad yelling at Harry? Why not Fred, the uncle he didn’t get a chance to meet? Or Lupin and Tonks because their son, Teddy, was part of the family too. It was just so random.
I think the second thing was the fact Albus and Scorpius used a time-turner so they could actually go back in time to stop Cedric getting the Triwizard Cup. I did like reading the alternate world Scorpius experienced. That was one of my favourite parts of The Cursed Child, seeing what might have happened. And oh my god Umbridge! She’s still such an evil person no matter where she is.
I’m not going to give away the biggest twist to the story for those that haven’t read it. But it was the craziest plot twist I’ve ever read. I thought it was obvious there was something off about them but there was no way I saw that coming. And ew, I can’t even picture it now. I knew Bellatrix was insane but still. Gross.
Overall I really enjoyed being back in the Wizarding World with a new story. I know there are mixed feelings about The Cursed Child but there was no way Rowling would be able the live up to the expectations people have had since Deathly Hallows came out nine years ago. Fans have been making up their own stories since then. But at the end of the day this is what she saw, this is her world and we (the fans) are lucky to have her sharing it with us. If you don’t want to read it, fine, don’t. If you have and didn’t like it that’s also fine. I had my issues with some things but I still loved it.
I loved seeing where everyone was now. Even Draco, who I was never a fan of. And the friendship between Albus and Scorpius was another favourite part of the book for me. I loved Scorpius.
I’m looking forward to re-reading the Harry Potter series and adding The Cursed Child to it. I wish I had the opportunity to see the play but I’m glad the script was published for people like me who couldn’t see it.
*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
If you’ve read The Cursed Child leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.