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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: My Thoughts

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I’m a total “Potter-head” and if I’m being completely honest I enjoyed the books much more so than the movies.  When I heard that J.K. Rowling was releasing a new book in the Harry Potter series called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script, I was stoked.  So stoked that when I had a little time to myself, I sat down and read the entire thing in one day.  Half a day, actually.

This new installment represents “The Eighth Story” of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the gang NINETEEN years post “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.  Harry and Ginny’s son, Albus, and Draco and Astoria Malfoy’s son Scorpius are the focus of the story.  I don’t what to give away any spoilers but I do want to share my thoughts on the book.   If you’re anything like me, when it comes to books and movies, you like to get a feel for what other people think before jumping in.

Overview

The first thing that you need to know about this book is that it’s not a novel.  Rather, it’s written in the format of a theatrical script.  I think I am just accustomed to the format of the novels so reading this scripted adaptation is a bit foreign to me.  Secondly, it moves very fast!  I found myself having to go back and re-read scenes a few times because the story would jump around a bit.  I thought I might have missed something!  That’s just a side effect of reading a script and didn’t really detract from the story.

I found myself falling in love with Albus and Scorpius because these two characters are so well developed.  They are very different from their “famous” fathers.  There is a great message embedded in this book that is relevant to anyone who reads it regardless of their age and I categorically find myself wishing for full a full novel (or even two).  I would love to see a spinoff featuring the next generation of Potters, Granger-Weasleys, and Malfoys!

Conclusion

I loved this book!  It’s a quick read and very entertaining.  I’d be willing to bet that when you reach the end you’ll find yourself wanting more.

Happy Reading!

Jen

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