How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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.
This review is certainly a tricky one to write because on the one hand I absolutely loved being back in Harry Potter world, I loved the nostalgia, I loved some of the story line, but on the other hand I was a little dissatisified with this book. I think it was always going to be hard to live up to its predecessors. I’m still happy I read it and I would certainly recommend it to Harry Potter fans. I’m just not as content after reading it as I hoped I would be. I won’t reveal what happens in the play- no-one likes a spoiler, but it is brilliant to be in that world once more.
This book is so easy to fly through. I have to admit to quite liking the play format. It made it incredibly easy to read although I didn’t find it as gripping as following the other Harry Potter stories. It also doesn’t read as a continuation of that tale, so I wouldn’t recommend going into this book thinking that it’s Harry Potter 8. I liked being introduced to the offspring of those characters that we know so well and there were some really intriguing moments. I feel like some of the characters didn’t really ring true to those characters that we came to love over the years. Some moments were quite confusing too.
Overall, this was a really mixed reading experience for me. I enjoyed some parts, I was confused by others. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s nostalgic and a decent addition to a Harry Potter fan’s bookcase!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!