Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was an incredible story/book/script. I had high expectations and sometimes when things come back later for an addition to a series that’s already great, it doesn’t always turn out the best (*cough cough* Gilmore Girls). This was not the case for this 8th Harry Potter story.
I completely realize I should’ve finished reading this before I went to London in October, but as we had checked to see if the play itself was sold out two months before we traveled there, and it was (for the next year…), I didn’t rush myself into finishing it. Weirdly enough, my fiance who is not a big reader ended up finishing the entire book in just a couple of train rides while we were traveling abroad. A few months later, I finally finished the book. It wasn’t that it was uninteresting (see how fast my fiance finished it), but just that I was busy and wanted to give the story the full attention it deserves.
HP & TCC is about Harry’s son Albus and his friend Scorpius and how their lives differ greatly from how Harry Potter and his friends lives were back in the original series. Harry worries about Albus and their relationship is not the closest as they are such different people. Through a series of events, the two must examine that relationship in a variety of ways. Of course Hermione, Ron, and Draco make appearances throughout the story. While I know this is a very vague description, I’d rather not give anything away to anyone who would like to be completely surprised by the story.
The story is a play, so while not completely written in the style of the other Harry Potter books, it still reads like JK Rowling’s dialogue in the previous books. Nothing seemed out of place or wrong for the characters to be saying. It was all very believable. This was also written by two others, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, so it wasn’t just a JK Rowling thing. They definitely were up to the task as it completely held my attention the same way any of the other books did.
I must say that JK Rowling must also be some sort of philosopher, because she comes up with such profound and lovely quotes that stay with me long after I’ve read her work. My favorite from this particular book was:
“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.”
Seriously, how beautiful are those words?
What did you think of the book? Are there any of you out there that have been lucky enough to see the play?
Have a great day lovelies!