Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and Jon Tiffany
When the last Harry Potter book was released we ate takeaways all weekend and I did not emerge into the real world until Sunday evening when I closed the book and left the world of Harry Potter for what I thought was forever. Yes – I am a Harry Potter fan! I loved the books. I love the movies. So of course I had to have the new story in it’s script form when it came out. Yes I was disappointed that it was not a full book, and I was a little concerned that it was written by others based on a J.K. Rowling story. But I wanted it anyway. A day and a half after getting the book I am so pleased I did.
First off I would say that this is not a children’s book as such, and that is not because it is written as a play script, but more because of the central themes. Many older children who have read the Harry Potter series in book form or who have seen the all movies may enjoy it. The story revolves around Harry Potter’s son and how he struggles to grow up with his father’s fame. Children will definitely relate to Albus Serverus Potter and his friend Scorpius Malfoy, and will definitely enjoy some of their antics. There is enough of the Harry, Ron and Hermione daredevil antics with these two to keep tennis interested in the story. Also the old favourites are there to keep the continuity.
As a Harry fan I loved this book because I could see where Harry, Hermione and Ron went after their great adventure, it also showcases alternate futures if the trio had not defeated Voldemort. What was surprising about this book was the central theme. As I had had a child since reading the Harry Potter books, so had the main characters grown up and started their own families. The theme of parenthood is very strong in this book as we look at how Harry deals with becoming a father. The old tensions between Harry and Draco Malfoy as still there as their children form a friendship which leaves them having to deal with each other as adults, with surprising results.
My initial concerns about the book being in script form disappeared after the first scene. I was so used to seeing Harry Potter in film for that the script actually helped the story run through my head like a movie, making it a more visual experience that a book alone. For this reason I think people who have never read the books but have seen the movies will enjoy reading this more than they would have a novel. the only problem is this book is very much like the last book of the Harry Potter series – I am left still wanting more!