Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 (Harry Potter #8) by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I have to point out that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an addition to the Harry Potter series that is unlike its predecessors. The Cursed Child is more like a novella than anything else. A novella that centers on Harry's son Albus as he tries to reconcile being the offspring of the infamous Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived and the hero of the Battle of Hogwarts with being of the House Slytherin. For someone who hadn't been well-treated as a child with the Dursleys, Harry doesn't have great parenting skills. You'd think that because he was treated so badly that he would try his best when it came to making his children happy and comfortable, but he didn't. He claims he did, but he truly didn't. At some point in the book, he even lets slip that he sometimes wishes Albus- as he is- wasn't his son. Harry just didn't make enough of an effort to let Albus know that it didn't matter if he was Slytherin or Gryffindor, that Harry would love and be proud of him regardless of what House he belonged to.

I really enjoyed Albus and Scorpius's friendship. I noticed that Albus was the reckless one and Scorpius was the thoughtful and reasonable one. I thought that was refreshing, instead of the opposite. Scorpius is a Malfoy, by the way, Draco Malfoy's son. A little surprising, but not entirely unexpected that Albus and Scorpius befriended one another. They found each other and bonded over their shared loneliness and the unfounded expectations people had of them.

The passing of time was a tad confusing. Last we were told, Albus and Scorpius were in their third year when the story reached its climax. Most of the time, it was unclear how much time had passed between acts. In fact, I had assumed not much time had passed, (a few hours, at most) until Professor McGonagall pointed out that it had been a few days since Albus and Scorpius were separated when I thought it had merely been a couple of hours. Not counting Shakespearean literature, I had never read books in which the stories were told in a play format. It was nice, but also a little weird for me...and a lot of work. But I still loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was a wonderful addition to the Wizarding World. I don't think I'll ever want J.K Rowling to put a stop to her creative juices taking the form of Harry Potter related projects. To J.K Rowling: Keep 'em coming!

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