No spoilers in this Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.
I give it 4 stars.
I admit it, I was super excited to get back into the world of Harry Potter. While The Cursed Child lacked the wonder of the other books, I still loved diving back in. I read the book with my son over several months and we both enjoyed it tremendously. Him, perhaps, even more than me. The format made reading aloud a little awkward at first but I quickly learned how to indicate who was speaking through a little improvising. I imagine that it would be very easy to get used to the script format while reading for only yourself.
Harry’s son, Albus, and Draco’s son, Scorpius, were the major players here but much to my delight, the trio plus Draco was back. At first I was unimpressed with the forty-year-old Harry but he grew and changed a great deal through the course of the story and ultimately ended up in a place that I appreciated. An underlying theme revolves around the messy business of parenting. Particularly, parenting a teenager. (Luckily, my own son is not in Slytherin–nor is he yet a teenager.)
I really liked the use of the time-turners to expand on and add to some aspects of the Harry Potter world that I already knew well. I recommend it to Harry Potter fans who are wishing for just a little bit more.
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