Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne (Review)

Summary from Goodreads

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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 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.

Hardcover, Special Rehearsal Edition, 343 pages
Published July 31st 2016 by Little Brown UK

My Thoughts

Oh my god I loved this and hated this! I’m conflicted as hell and my thoughts are a jumbling spewing mess of jibber jabber – LOL!

I will always dive back into anything Harry Potter related – always!! Even though some deep down part of me believes it should be left alone. I can’t win – I want more but I also don’t.

Anyway…this was a lovely little story. The fact that it was a script did initially put me off and I kept starting and stopping reading. Then I let go of the weirdness of the script and enjoyed the fullness of the dialogue and the beautiful depth it gave the reader. After I let go I read and I read until I’d devoured every last page.

The emotion that radiated off every page here was a thing of real honest beauty. The relationships were wrought and twisted and a real down-to-earth way. A lot of readers will be reading this shocked at how Harry stepped into a father’s position and struggles.

I loved the kids and found their relationships interesting and their adventures addictive. While I was delighted to see our must loved characters older and back on paper it was seriously predictable and cringe worth at times…but in a weird reminiscent way I enjoyed it.

One thing that Rowling always does well though is friendships. Albus and Scorpio were the very best of unlikely friends and I loved everything about them – we NEED a novel please!

This book…confused the hell out of me but it’ll have a space on my shelf forever! I haven’t felt this conflicted in a long time….I may re-read at some stage when I’ve digested it a bit more.

3.5/5 Stars**

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