By J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. #8 in the Harry Potter Series
Grade : B+
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.
The Story :
The last book in the most epic series! AAHHH! Technically, the story ended in the 7th book and this book, or rather the script of the play is just an extended epilogue.
Focused on the main characters and their children living in the world where the Golden Trio are still regarded with utmost respect, this book tells the story of how they and their children deal with their current lives. The book mainly focuses on Albus Severus Potter, younger son of Harry and Ginny Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy, and Albus’s problems with his father’s legacy. It brings back several of the series’ beloved characters and weaves a brand new story out with them.
The Review :
I really couldn’t describe much of the story without it becoming full of all sorts of spoilers. So, I’ll just dive into the review. Now, I am a hardcore Potterhead. Harry Potter is the sole reason I read books, I think, and so the news of a new book had me eagerly waiting for it to release. I preordered my copy and almost took the day off when the book was going to be delivered. I think, you will understand how desperately I was waiting for reading it from all this.
Well, saying that the book disappointed me, is a mighty understatement. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am still happy I ordered and read it, but it did not give me that happiness I felt when I had finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Reading just the first page makes you aware of the fact that this book is certainly not written by your favourite author, and on top of it, there is a definite feel of a fan fiction to it. I have been reading so many fan fictions of the kids of the main characters and their further lives, that Cursed Child felt like just a confirmation to all the fan fictions.
I did not mind the screen play in which it book is written, thought the huge spaces left between lines look like they have been unnecessarily added just to increase the book size! I didn’t even mind the lack of the usual pages and pages of description that even the companion books like Tales of Beedle the Bard had!
What I did mind was how the characters had lost their usual core characteristics. Apart from Hermione Granger, I had extreme difficulty in connecting with the characters. Their basic nature seemed to have changed. 90% of the book focuses on Albus and Scorpius, which I liked and I really loved the character of Scorpius, a very sweet character, unlike what you would expect, him being Draco’s son and all. But when it focused on Harry, Ron, Ginny and Draco, it made me cringe. The reformed version of Draco is overwhelmingly good which even in Draco’s best days was unbelievable. I never expected him calling Harry as “Harry” and not the usual “Potter” or addressing Hermione by her name than “Mudblood”! Ron is even worse than the usual sidekick. He was some sort of a jester whose only job is to crack jokes.
The worst part is when I closed the book, I still yearned for the closure that the book didn’t give. It just doesn’t feel like the story is now truly complete.
I suppose you can only understand what is happening in this particular book if you have read the whole Harry Potter series. So there is no point reading it as a standalone. I’ll only recommend the book if you have always loved Harry Potter books and want to know what happens next in the series.
The grade I gave, may have a certain bias towards my love for the books! 😀
Disclaimer : This book has been purchased by me. The opinions I have expressed are my own.