Ok so I am a Potter-head. I was apart of the Harry Potter generation.
I mean I still have the Harry Potter book my mom got me for my 10th birthday in 2000.
It’s worn and tattered and the pages aren’t completely bound to the spine anymore. I’ve considered getting it fixed and I still might but it always makes me smile when I see it. I read this book AT LEAST 50 times. That’s not an exaggeration. My mom bought me the set in 2000, and it was a painfully long three years until the fifth Harry Potter book was released. So I borderline obsessively read the four I had nonstop…ok maybe a little more than borderline…
Back on track.
I have to admit, I wasn’t as optimistic about this book as I’d like to have been. I heard there were co-authors, that it was the script for a play…it just seemed like it was going to be a mess. My inner 10 year old pimp slapped me for thinking such blasphemy, but I did.
It begins where the last book leaves off, Harry dropping his son’s, James and Albus Potter, off at King’s Cross Station, Platform 9¾. Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement and married to Ginny, Hermione is Minister of Magic and married to Ron who is basically the goofy uncle and manages Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.
The book flashes through the years which surprised me (idk why I guess I was just expecting the traditional year-per-book) and only highlights key moments that give you glimpses into Albus Severus Potter’s life with his BFF4Life Scorpius Malfoy (Dracos kid). He was sorted into Slytherin, unpopular, growing bitterly in his fathers shadow, and isolating himself from his family. Very much a brooding son.
Until one day before Albus’ fourth year an unexpected visitor comes to Harry Potters door. Amos Diggory, father of Cedric Diggory (the kid who won the Triwizard Tournament with Harry in The Goblet of Fire and was subsequently murdered by Voldemort) shows up insisting the the ministry has a Time-Turner and that Harry should use it to save his son.
As you can assume, Harry apologetically refuses and Albus sets off on his mission to save Cedric and right his fathers wrongs.
The remainder of the book delves into the consequences of time travel, very “butterfly effect”. Without giving everything away, there is a satisfying encounter with Snape that will bring true Potter-heads to tears and a child of the most abominable parentage possible. There is also an equally satisfying and gut-wrenching Dumbledore-Harry encounter via-magic portrait that will leave you sobbing like a baby.
So my take away from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is this-I am 100% satisfied, I feel like the series was finally very well closed, the script style-writing didn’t phase me at all it basically meant nothing to me and I think of this book as a gift to potter-heads like myself. This story was not written to be a book, it was written to be a play and published as a book which is impressive and awesome of J.K. Rowling.
I consider it to be one of the greats, it is a wonderful eighth book and I loved it!
Look at how cute my baby is 😱😱😱