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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling


  • Publication Date: 31st July 2016
  • Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Plays
  • Publisher: Little, Brown UK
  • Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Edition
  • ISBN 13: 9780751565355
  • Rating: 4/5


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.


I actually read this the day it came out because I pre-ordered it. It was lovely to reconnect with characters I love so much but…the magic just wasn’t there. I did enjoy this, enjoyed the richness of J.K. Rowling’s writing once again and the overall magic of wizarding Britain. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco just seemed forced and faked. Their personalities completely exhausted it seems once Deathly Hallows was completed. The new generation weren’t much better. Since when is a Weasley snobby and insolent? I did like Scorpius however but, he too felt a little too Muggle. I understand that J.K. Rowling was trying to show a difference in the world especially, with Draco being able to raise his son his way. I’m not looking for that whole stupid blood purity claptrap just some notion that despite everything the Malfoys still hold a weight in the world.

Having been a Potterhead for practically my whole life, I then turned to fanfiction as a means of filling a void even if most of my favourites are non-canon. On reading Cursed Child, I was shocked at the weakness of flow, and appalled by the introduction of Delphi. Like, really? She was in my opinion…weak. Here she is supposed to be the love-child of Voldemort and Bellatrix LeStrange – the power couple of the dark side. So, how is it that these two amazing complex characters birthed a child with practically no substance…no bite?

I’m going to stop moaning now and, get onto the points I did like. This book was like coming home again. Pottermore was good. Fanfiction works but, a physical Potter story written by the queen of fantasy fiction was like a breath of fresh air.

I rated this book 4 stars out of 5 because, overall this was an amazing book despite its faults. There was almost a parallelism to this story and the Potter books we all know and love. The relationship between Albus and Scorpius…a relationship that could have occurred back in Philosopher’s Stone between Harry and Draco. The hopefulness of Scorpius as he pines after Rose – a relationship which, mirrors James and Lily Potter. All it was missing was a little bit of Teddy Lupin, and it would have been perfect. That boy breaks down prejudice and provides hope…a hope that Harry himself once personified that fateful Halloween back in 1981. Lets just hope the actual production helps breathe some life back into my favourite characters of all time.


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