Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne)

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This is considered to be the eighth official story of the Harry Potter series.

The internet was thrilled on the release day (31st July 2016) while Potterhead fans lined and gathered for the ‘Night Release Party’ at bookstores all around the world to witness another release of this anticipated book series!

SYNOPSIS

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

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.

RATING

3 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have read the book and I like it. I didn’t love it as much as I love the novels.

THIS IS MY HONEST REVIEW

Before reading, I have read several reviews from Goodreads and I couldn’t lie that I was nervous to read this. Somehow I felt disappointed with the response from Harry Potter fans regarding this book and somehow it affected my excitement of receiving the book after it came out. I was worried that maybe this book could destroy me.

I know that we couldn’t afford to treat the script book as the same with the 7 lovely written books that J.K. Rowling wrote. Of course, the format, feelings, setup, characters and writing style were very different. The format didn’t bother me. However, the plot was just shocking and I really didn’t see it coming. I thought that they would live a very happy and safe life after the battle of Hogwarts but apparently, they were not.

I didn’t face any difficulties in reading and visualising the plot and characters because we have stumbled across 8 movies and 7 books in introducing the world and characters. I did face a problem, which was digesting my thoughts on the plot itself. I have to take a few breaks from reading it because I couldn’t just accept the fact that they were in trouble again. I mean like in SERIOUS trouble. However, I appreciate the effort that the writers did which was writing a new story of Harry Potter. I know all of us miss Harry and friends.


The story starts right after the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, which is 19 Years Later on Autumn 2017. Feel old yet? 😛 The timeline of Cursed Child starts from Autumn 2017 to 2020.

Lets talk about the characters. Harry is currently the Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement and also an auror! GOD! He is definitely living his dream job. What about Ron and Hermione? They are happily married and guess what? They decided to hyphenate their surnames to become Weasley-Granger! Exactly what Hermione wants 😛 Besides, brilliant Hermione is now Minister of Magic. Gosh so proud of her.

The theme of this story is actually about time traveling. Remember in Prisoner of Azkaban when Hermione said, ‘Bad things will happen to wizards who meddle with time’, so you don’t really want to mess with time turners. Consequences are severe and can lead to creating an alternate timeline.

Apart from the plot, I love the friendship between Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco have in the book. Despite being away from school, they still maintain the bonding they had from school days which is very sweet. Albus and Scorpius are good friends and their heartwarming friendship brought shine to the story. Although the characters have such bad times, they still manage to be together and would always find a way to make things better.

I love the Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire elements in the book that makes me really want to reread the series. I miss reading conversations of characters between the teachers of Hogwarts such as Dumbledore, Snape and McGonagall. Their quotes are so priceless! I would love to see the play because I would love to know how the actors will perform the scenes in the script. I want to witness the magic on stage. I am so jealous of those who can see the play.

To Harry Potter fans, go and give it a go. You will not regret this experience of having to read another masterpiece from the Wizarding World.

To those who have not read Harry Potter, I beg you to read this eighth wonder (Harry Potter series!) of the world. You will find so many relatable elements in the books that will bring profound impact to you as an individual.

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” – Dumbledore

Join the adventure!

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Sabrina

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