The much-awaited Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released less than a fortnight ago. Now all those who solemnly swore by the ‘Boy who Lived’ now have a chance to relive the magic.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth book in the Harry Potter series, picking up from where we left off– nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts. This book is written by John Tiffany and Jack Thornel, and is based on a script written by J. K. Rowling.
Released as a special rehearsal edition script, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is divided into two parts and is spread across four acts. As is common knowledge for the Potter fandom, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child traces the turbulent relationship between Harry Potter, a thirty-seven-year-old ‘overworked Ministry of Magic employee’, and his son Albus Severus Potter, who has to carry the weight of unwanted popularity and history that comes attached to his last name.
But, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has more than that to offer. It brings our favourites Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and the much-hated Draco Malfoy back together. It also has mentions of many dead characters – Dumbledore, Cedric Diggory, Lord Voldemort, James and Lily Potter. All of them have something to contribute in their own unique ways.
The book is compelling enough, like its predecessors, to force you to not put it down. At the same time, it is a light-reading book with less text, which adds to the ease of reading.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child traverses through our pleasant and unpleasant memories of the wizarding world. The students board the Hogwarts Express at platform nine and three-quarters, there are still centaurs in the Forbidden Forest, and the Triwizard Tournament is back! It juggles between the past and the present, to make an interesting plot line.
This novel deals with some difficult topics. These include; troubles of dealing with both famous and infamous legacies, of fragile human relationships, of having a shot at altering your life and deciding who to put first – yourself or others.
This is very much a Potter book. It has all the plot twists, characters and quotes that stay with you long after you have read the book. For anyone who tells you otherwise – don’t let them. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a beautiful rendition. I loved this book as it allowed us to dive back into the wizarding world. It provided us with a little peek of what happened after the end of the last novel and the characters we have all come to know and love, and how they personally coped with the events that shaped the rest of their lives.
Rowling uses this novel as a way of (almost) saying this is the end. It carries a potent message that we cannot go back and change the past. It is these life experiences that makes us who we are. Despite the sometimes dark undertones of the novel, it is a book about family, loss and loneliness. I found the philosophical message, paired with the unusual way the book is written, makes for an interesting and roaring read. However, as much as I enjoyed this novel, I hope that there is more to come from J.K. Rowling outside the world of Hogwarts.
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