BOOK REVIEW-HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by J.K. ROWLING, JOHN TIFFANY & JACK THRONE (spoiler free)

A store assistant holds copies of the book of the play of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts One and Two at a bookstore in London

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD -(PART ONE AND TWO)

I just finished harry potter and the cursed child and absolutely loved it.As i am a great harry potter fan i was waiting for this book for so long and the wait was worth.well if you looking for the spoiler free review you have landed to the correct place.

For starters, this isn’t a book, but the script of the two-part play that opened in London on July 30 (hours before the book went on sale). Second, this one takes place 19 years later (opening with an extended version of the epilogue from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on platform 9 3/4). And third, and most important, this one isn’t written by J.K. Rowling herself, making it the first one not written by the original creator. She helped come up with the basic story along with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, but credit for the play script goes to Thorne alone (Tiffany directs).

The best parts of The Cursed Child are the beginning and the epilogue. The story focuses on Albus Severus Potter’s arrival at Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat (as Albus feared, he’s a Slytherin) and seeing friendships and alliances reconfigure in a new generation. Particularly interesting is the friendship that develops between Albus and Scorpius Malfoy, each so unlike their fathers, and the character of Rose Granger-Weasley, also so unlike her parents. (For starters, she’s an epically good quidditch player.) It is the most Rowling-esque part of the story and frankly the most fun.

Seeing how the children of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco are both like their parents and also distinct characters is fascinating, and the relationship between Albus and Scorpius feels genuine (though Rowling had a better ear for kid’s dialogue than Thorne). Part of me wished this was book one of Harry Potter: The Next Generation and the story really luxuriated in everyday life at Hogwarts in the same way as the original book,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Instead, The Cursed Child becomes a convoluted time-travel adventure that honestly is a bit of a slog. Without giving away too many plot details, Albus and Scorpius travel back in time to save a life and in doing so they set off a domino wave of changes that radically alter the present. As in Back to the Future, further attempts to fix the timeline result in more changes and still more attempts to make it right, even as their parents are rushing to rescue them. Some of the alternate future versions of familiar characters are fun and others don’t quite work. But understanding any of it assumes a pretty deep familiarity with the Potterverse. This isn’t a story accessible to newcomers (in the way the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie appears to be), but one designed to service the existing fan base.

 What happens when Albus steals the Time Turner and sets out to save Cedric? What does Cedric’s cousin Delphi actually want? Why is Harry getting nightmares again and his scar hurting? Can you change the present and future by changing the past? And can skill in magic help you in your relations too?

All these questions (and their answers) form the crux of this story, bringing back almost all the major characters — though a few appear in a rather unconventional form — and all are true to type, save a few who either undergo a surprising metamorphosis or turn out contrary to expectations.

But the big problem with The Cursed Child is that it’s less an original story than a remix of the existing Potter mythology. The been there, done that feeling to the whole thing is its greatest weakness. How the sins of the father (and the mother) weigh on their children is an interesting theme, but it would have been better served exploring that idea in a truly original story and not one that rehashed the mythology of the previous seven books.
If you ask for the things i really like in this book will be of course Ron (as always he was the funniest) and  malfoy’s son scorpious(he’s so not his father).Well i really like how malfoy character has changed a little shown to be such a good person(that was hard to believe).
And a thing i really love about this time turner was when snape was back even for the short time(i adore him).
Thank you for reading….💜

 

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