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Jul 14

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM by Elizabeth Land

At long last, Harry Potter fans get a new entry in the life of the "Boy Who Lived." But the book, actually the rehearsal script for the play of the same name that is currently showing in London, is not quite what fans were looking for. But that didn't keep Harry Potter fans from turning out in droves for midnight release parties to purchase Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and celebrate the "Boy Who Lived" with games and fun. If the hold list for the York County Public Library's copies is any indication, then Harry Potter remains one of the most popular franchises in recent publishing history.

Overview

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildFrom the publisher: 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."

Review

To point out the obvious, this is a script, so the story is mainly dialogue with some scene directions to set the mood. Because of this, J.K. Rowling's magical details that made many of us fall in love with the original series are missing. But the play does manage to recreate the magic of the friendship that existed between Harry, Ron and Hermione. It even gives us a new friendship to fall in love with, as well as new characters that are lovely to meet. The plot is a great introduction for the next generation, while honoring the characters we all grew to love. This one is definitely recommended for die-hard fans, but be aware that it is a script, which can be challenging for some readers who aren't used to the format.

And while you're learning about Harry's future, it's the perfect time to relive his past. We have the original series - in printdownloadable eBook and audiobook formats - as well as their film adaptions. Plus, there are plenty of others resources on the Wizarding World to view as you gear up for the upcoming movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Check out our collection of Harry Potter-related resources by visiting our online catalog today.