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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Saturday, August 20, 2016

*WARNING - SPOILERS! If you have not read Cursed Child or the other seven then do not read this!*

August 20, 2016

"One person. All it takes is one person." - (Severus Snape) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Where do I even begin? Man, I have so many emotions right now and I am not sure whether they are happy or sad. I guess getting an eighth Harry Potter story is a happy thing, but it makes me miss Harry's original story more.



"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" takes place right from where the epilogue in Deathly Hallows left off. Albus Severus Potter is off to Hogwarts for the first time. Alongside him are his brother James and cousin Rose. On the train ride the young Potter meets the most unlikely person who later becomes his best friend...Scorpius Malfoy. Now we all know Harry and Draco's past, so to think their sons are what Harry and Ron are...it's a bit of a shock! Now, if you have read my previous reviews on
books 1-7, then you should know that Draco Malfoy is my favourite character and his son is just as great. Scorpius is the nerdiest little Malfoy there ever was. He is kind, timid, very bright, and he is how I imagined Draco would have been if he didn't have Lucius as a father.

Albus on the other hand is a lot like his parents. He has Ginny's strong willed head and her fire. Yet, he has Harry's stubbornness and he also shares his father's love of rebellion. Oh, another thing, Albus is in SLYTHERIN! Yes, represent all my Slytherins! I like that the whole family wasn't in Gryffindor. If you remember, the Sorting Hat was going to put Harry in Slytherin, but Harry CHOSE Gryffindor. It was bound that one other Potter would join Salazar's house.

Not only are the kids involved, but this is very much centered around our original characters. The Golden Trio is back of course. Harry Potter is Head of Magical Law Enforcement (no shock there) and is the most badass Auror there is. Meanwhile his best friends are not only raising their kids, but also making a living in the Wizarding World. Ron Weasley has taken over Weasley Wizard Wheezes, I guess George couldn't handle doing it without Fred. Hermione however has gone the extra mile and has become the Minister for Magic. I mean we all knew that was going to happen eventually, right? Ginny is still a badass and one hell of a mother. I love that she still seems to be the only one who can reign Harry in. Then we have Draco, who is still a bit of a slick git, but the love for his son and his desire to protect him seems to have mellowed him out a bit.

Over the years, Scorpius and Albus grow closer and Harry and Albus seem to become more estranged year after year. During an investigation, Harry uncovers a Time Turner. This is concerning because Harry was sure he destroyed them all during the battle of The Department of Mysteries in The Order of the Phoenix. After Hermione confiscates it, a familiar face turns up on the Potter's doorstep, Amos Diggory. The poor, grieving man begs Harry to go back in time and save his son Cedric, who died in Goblet of Fire. Of course, Harry refuses and the whole time his son, Albus, is listening.

Albus has always resented the fact that his father is the great Harry Potter and instead of living in his father's shadow, Albus decides to be a little git and go off on his own. Oh and he drags Amos' niece Delphi and Scorpius along with him. After jumping off the Hogwarts express and then sneaking into the Ministry of Magic via Polyjuice Potion (Ah, Deathly Hallows feels) Scorpius and Albus do the most idiotic thing ever...they go back in time. Yeah, I know in Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione and Harry go back in time to save Buckbeak and Sirius, but that was only about three hours. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum go back all the way to Harry's fourth year, to the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Of course, as they are complete idiots, they screw it up and mess with the present, so what does Albus do? Did he go to his father, you know one of the greatest wizards ever? Of course not! Albus goes back again...and this time, he messes up even bigger.

So now, it's up to the Mini-Malfoy to save the day, and let me tell you, seeing Snape back made my heart swell. Ugh, I loved that part. In each alternate reality something is majorly messed up and of course Hermione is there to fix it again! After everything is fixed and dandy, it's all okay, right? NO. It wouldn't be a Harry Potter book if more shit didn't go down. So now this new bitch, Delphi, comes into the picture and basically kidnaps the boys back into the Maze in Goblet of Fire. After arriving in time, the night before Lily and James Potter are murdered, the boys manage to get a message to their parents and it's up to Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Draco to save the world, AGAIN! Oh, and did I mention Delphi is the daughter of VOLDEMORT and BELLATRIX...if there was ever a woman who would sleep with that snake, it would be the craziest Black.

I think the craziest part is that Harry watches the events of that famous night from the window of the church. He watches Voldemort enters his house, a flash of green and James is dead. Voldemort glides up the stairs, he sees his mother's silhouette in the window, she's begging him, another flash of green, an explosion and Lily is dead, Voldemort is gone, and poor little Harry Potter is alone, and unbeknownst to the Dark Lord, a seventh Horcrux.

The ending is rather beautiful and I think that if Jo wanted, it set up a great story line for the kids. It was a bit annoying because it was a script, but I was still very glad to read it. As it IS a script, at times it was very rushed and sometimes I felt as if it could be a fanfiction. Over all I give this a 4/5 star review only because I felt that the story dropped a bit in excitement. I wish I lived in London so I could go see the production myself. If you have seen the play, what are you thoughts on it? For what it was, I think it was really good and it answered a lot of questions that I had at the end of the book 7. I hope you enjoy this book!

Happy Reading

- Haley

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