Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.k. Rowling, John Tiffany and screenplay by Jack Thorne
Pages: Goodreads says 343, my eBook says 243
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Part of a series: Yes, this is considered the eighth book in the Harry Potter series.
Published: July 31st, 2016
Anyone who grew up loving these books knows that, even though the series “ended” well, we were unsatisfied (greedy readers that we are). We wanted more. What would Harry become, once he no longer needed to fight? How did Ginny grow up? Ron and Hermione? Oh, oh my God, what would their kid be like? What is the wizarding world up to?
This screenplay answers so many of these questions with touching intensity. I could not put it down- Seriously, I had an eight hour shift and still finished it in one day ( I wonder if my husband feels neglected…). We wait at the train station as Rose Granger-Weasley and Albus Severus Potter are getting ready to set off for their first year at Hogwarts. Rose, every inch her mother’s daughter, has a game plan- who to befriend, what classes to take, where she wants to be sorted. It all gets derailed, at least for Albus, when he enters a compartment that has just one lonely boy.
Scorpius Malfroy is used to being alone. It would be bad enough just having the last name of known death eaters… but there are rumors that his father isn’t his father. When Harry Potter’s son joins him that day they start on a strong friendship that ends up being the making of both of them. Though not popular, Scorpius enjoys Hogwarts and what it can teach. Albus does not. There is too much anger and resentment. He never asked to be the hero’s son and often feels overshadowed, Add to that, Harry is so busy that it seems he never has time for Albus. The two fall further and further apart.
Harry has nightmares still, and desperate guilt. Overworked by the ministry of magic, he tries to be who they expect. Hermione tries to help keep him grounded in her role as Minister of Magic. When the nightmares get worse and his scar starts to hurt, he knows the time of peace is ending. A time-turner is found during a raid. The ministry of magic takes hold of it immediately, but rumors spread. One night Amos Diggory . He wants to use the time-turner. He wants his son back.
Albus hears the conversation between Harry and Amos, and he is furious. It wasn’t right- Cedric’s death so long ago, and his father made a mistake. He could right one of his father’s wrongs. Together with his very unwilling accomplice they get off the Hogwarts express and offer their services to Amos. The plan: together with Amos’s niece Delphi, they steal the time turner, rescue Diggory and right a wrong. But playing with time never ends well and they find themselves in deeper and deeper trouble leading to the group being separated, betrayed, and saved.
I loved this book. I feared that it being a screen play would take some of the magic out of the story- for me the magic in the older books were very much in the details. But this was still a richly detailed piece with fantastic character development and a plot that had kept you guessing. I had so much fun reading this book and while I would like more time with the kids I am content. I feel like this is a good closing to our saga. Five stars!
On the adult content scale there is violence, but not a terrible amount and nothing that would make me worry about handing this book to a kid.
The book is out now- go get it!
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