Books: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany
*Spoiler Free, #keepthesecrets*
Why I read it: I have long been a huge Harry Potter fan. Which I know I’m far from alone in, but I was very excited about this new Harry Potter story. I was (and still am) desperate to see the play on stage, but it could be years before I get to see it, so I bought the script straight away; I couldn’t bear knowing there was a Harry Potter book out and not reading it.
Basic plot: I feel like anything I could say here would be considered a spoiler by some people, so I’ll avoid specifics, but if, like I did, you don’t want to know ANYTHING, stop reading now. The story follows many of the original characters, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Draco, as adults dealing with a new threat to the wizarding world, and Albus (Harry and Ginny’s middle child) and Scorpius (Draco’s son) trying to right wrongs which they feel have been done. The relationship between Harry and Albus plays a big part in the story, but there are many elements to it.
Who it’s aimed at: Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan really, so that’s a big audience. If you don’t know the books you will probably be confused, it does rely on previous knowledge. I also felt that some parts of the story were more aimed towards older viewers/readers, more the original Harry Potter audience, but really I think the Harry Potter franchise has a universal appeal.
Would I recommend it?: The story was not at all what I expected, and there were things about it that I really liked, but the more I think about the actual plot, the more I’m kind of disappointed in it. I could probably write a fully post about my thoughts on different aspects of it, but I will save that for another time. I still really want to see the plays; I think they must work really well. But I’m sure I would recommend it as a brilliant addition to the Harry Potter story as a whole. That said, I did enjoy reading it and it was exciting just reading a Harry Potter book for the first time, it’s been so many years since we’ve been able to do that.