Cursed Child is a Complete Success


4 stars

As with many other teenagers today, the Harry Potter series was a huge part of my childhood. The books were my favorite series for a long time, and I took the knowledge of all things “Potter” very seriously. So when I heard that JK Rowling had written an eighth book, I absolutely had to read it. And after reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” I can very confidently give it a wholesome four star review.

The book is set 22 years after the battle of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione are all very successful middle aged adults; Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement, Ron runs his late brother’s joke shop(RIP Fred) and Hermione is Minister for Magic. However, this book doesn’t focus on the original trio of friends; the main antagonists are their children. Rather, Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter, is the main troublemaker, along with the help of his best and only friend (I know, sad, right?) Scorpius Malfoy. That’s right, the younger Potter’s partner in wizarding crime is the son of his father’s childhood bully. Scorpius is actually a pretty funny and extremely bright kid, and he gets along perfectly with Albus, who really is a lot like his dad, although neither of them liked to admit it.  

These two young wizards go on a mission to bring back Cedric Diggory by meddling with time, and oh did they meddle. They basically destroyed the world, and drove their parents mad in the process trying to figure out what they were up to. Harry and Albus didn’t have the best father-son relationship, which is an obstacle that they work on overcoming throughout the book. In the classic “Harry Potter”-style ending, after a huge nail-biting climax all becomes well in the wizarding world.

One thing that I didn’t like too terribly much was that the book is actually a script for a play. There are parts and stage directions and their actions are written out in italics and although it was different and kind of interesting, it kind of disrupted the flow of things and was a little confusing for me in some parts.  

My favorite part of the book though, was that we got to see our favorite characters again, but in a different setting. Ginny and Ron are still bickering siblings 22 years later; Professor McGonagall is Headmistress of Hogwarts and is a little hard around the edges but still has a soft spot for kids; and although it’s technically in the past, we get to see good ol’ Hagrid again, just as sweet as ever.

Overall, the book was just as good as any of its predecessors; it has action, adventure, comedy, a little romance, and quite a few plot twists. I would recommend to anyone who has read the books or even just seen the movies.