Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to be reviewing the new book out in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I am a massive Harry Potter fan, I’ve grown up with the series, seen the final two movies at their midnight showings, and have been Hermione for Halloween for the past three years (my wild, frizzy hair fits the bill). So when I found out this book was coming out, I was so excited and ready for a new Potter-related thing to fill my life! While I had some mixed feelings on the plot itself, this book took me back home to Hogwarts. Check out some of my thoughts on the book below!

So first of all, the book itself is actually a screenplay, as the production of this story is currently showing in London. I loved that they released the screenplay like this because there is basically no chance I am going to be seeing the production in London anytime soon, so I am able to enjoy the story within my own abilities.

The plot focuses around an adult Harry Potter and his middle child, Albus Severus. It picks up at the epilogue of the final Harry Potter book, and continues through Albus’ fourth year at Hogwarts. Harry is feeling the stress of managing work and relating to his middle child, while Albus struggles with rising up to the Potter legacy and feeling like an outsider. While I won’t get into the actual storyline because of spoilers, I will say that I found the story itself to be pretty fan fiction-y. As I read and the story progressed, I found myself not really caring about the story or where it was going. I still teared up at the end, but that was more because of the feeling of finishing a new Potter book and less of the story itself.

While I didn’t love the story itself, I have to admit the relationships in the story really drive it forward and redeem the plot. The strained relationship between Harry and Albus is almost reminiscent of many teens and their parents, and it just feels so real and relatable. The friendships formed are memorable and true, and seeing the trio in the older years still just as chummy drives home that this is a Harry Potter book. The main characters are solidly built and make choices that you may not agree with, but you understand based on who they are. I loved the characterization seen in this screenplay and the relationships that form and break throughout the story.

Overall, I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars. While I found part of the storyline incredibly cringeworthy and almost laugh out loud bad, I continued reading for the characters and their relationships with one another, which I find just as important in a book as the plot itself. It’s probably last in my list of favorite Harry Potter books, but it still has a special place in my heart and in the series. Give it a read if you’re a fan of the series, but don’t grab this if you’re looking for  place to start in the series. What did you think of the book? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo jen p

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