Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (review by Anika B. ’18)

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By the operationalization of the star rating system, five stars means Harry Potter. Although this book, or play rather, was faced with high expectations, it was everything I hoped it to be and more. This story takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and it follows the adventures of Harry and Ginny’s son, Albus, and Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius. Plagued by troubled relationships with their respective fathers, Albus and Scorpius use a stolen time turner to prevent the death of Cedric Diggory, leading to huge complications.

Due to its structure as a play, the book lacked J.K. Rowling’s signature descriptions, but the dialogue was very smooth and well written. The plot was brilliantly delivered, and there was never a dull moment. The new characters were well developed and the dynamic relationships held the perfect degree of depth. Finally, by taking readers back in time, the book referred to moments from the earlier Harry Potter books in ways that would have made any Potter fan feel nostalgic.

Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down. Although Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was not a traditional Harry Potter book, it did not disappoint.

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One thought on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (review by Anika B. ’18)”

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was not a good read. I expected an outstanding, well-written story, but it felt more like a fan fiction than a Harry Potter book. I felt as if the script format lacked the descriptions that brought Harry Potter's world to life in the original books. The characters were very different from the way they were portrayed in the first seven novels, as Harry Potter seemed to be a very unkind father, not treating his son fairly. He controls many aspects of his son's life, making him upset. There was not a lot of emotional depth due to the script format and lack of descriptions. I believe the story was interesting but would have been much more interesting if it was written as a novel. ​

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