Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I was just a little bit hesitant about picking up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because, although I love Harry Potter, I thought that the script format might take away from the story.  I could not have been more wrong.Once I got going, I almost didn't even notice the format anymore and the story flowed just as smoothly as any other book I read.  The new Harry Potter was definitely a page turner and I finished it pretty quickly.  I enjoyed every moment and have now passed the book on to my son, who I know will love it just as much.

Synopsis from Amazon:
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."

My Review:  
As I shared above, I loved the book.  Harry himself really doesn't have that large a part but  the part he does play is crucial and his presence is felt throughout the entire story.  The characters who do take the main stage are so well written and fun that you get lost in their adventures just as you did in the original HP series.  It was nice to see Harry as a father struggling to make good decisions for his family and to see his son Albus trying to find himself in the shadow of his father's fame.  I loved the friendship that developed between Albus and Scorpius.  It was a perfect fit and I look forward to reading more about these two and their lives at Hogwarts.

I have to say, I did not go into this book expecting another Harry Potter epic.  I think that some people really compared this to the other books and so may have been disappointed.  I however, was not and think this book stands perfectly on its own while still giving the reader the pure joy that comes with being a Harry Potter fan.
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