Harry Potter & The Cursed Child [Book Review]

Brooms, wands, time-turners, and magic spells, all of the ingredients have been gathered to concoct the last Harry Potter potion. The wizard with the black rounded glasses and the thunderbolt scar on his forehead, the most famous wizard of all times, Harry Potter, has made his huge come back nineteen years later in an eighth story, through the pages of Jack Thorne’s play, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the playwright is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage; it premiered at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 30 July 2016.

The plot of this eighth story is 200% worthy of a traditional Harry Potter plot; ‘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’.

Even though Harry Potter & The Cursed Child does feel a bit forced at times, for this sequel not only worked out how to squeeze all of the most beloved characters back into an eighth story, but it also made Harry quite irritating many times in the book, as some traits of his personality have been, in my opinion, way too emphasised, this playwright is nonetheless a wonderful way to head back to Hogwarts, embrace its magic, and reunite with the very cherished characters of the saga.

In this eighth story, Draco Malfoy finally appears as a good-hearted wizard, to whom one could almost easily get attached, despite the fact that he was easily influenced younger and therefore didn’t always make the right decisions. Ginny is one readers can appreciate more in this last opus, as well as professor Snape, who somehow manages to be back, and Dumbledore also reappears to share some his wisdom… “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.”

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