9 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published, comes the next installment of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up right where we left off at King’s Cross, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Unlike the other installments of Harry Potter, The Cursed Child is not a novel, but rather a script of a play. This play is currently being performed at the Palace Theater in London.
While this new format may upset some fans, specially given the lack of build up and information in some scenes, I have to say that I personally enjoyed it. This new installment blends in the familiarity of characters we already know with the excitement and energy of new ones.
But there were definitely some inconsistencies through the narrative that took me out of my reading experience. Scenes that could of been fleshed out were passed over and left me questioning and wondering.
In the end Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a fun and quick read for any Potter fan out there, but it does suffer from the script format.
“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.”