Bookclub Review, November: “The Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling

(If you haven’t read the book, this will have spoilers. You’ve been warned.)

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the long-awaited 8th book set in the Harry Potter universe. I don’t count Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Quidditch Through the Ages, because those don’t technically read like a book.

However, if that’s my judging criteria then I should count Cursed Child as a book either. And, technically, it’s not. It’s the script for the play that was performed in London last year. But because so many fans all over the world would be unable to attend/witness the production, J.K. Rowling and the writers of the play made it available to all by publishing the script.

This was the first time we were a part of the magical world this way, and for some it was a little jarring. We missed the descriptions and felt that the dialogue sometimes fell short. I would compare it to the different in reading Shakespeare and watching it. There’s something really lacking when you read a play because it’s not MEANT to be read–it’s meant to be watched. So I’ll have to keep that in mind as I judge what I thought of it.

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The story starts out around the same time as the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Golden Trio are adults, married, and have several children. Harry and Ginny’s middle son Albus is on his way to school for the first time, and it’s there that he ironically becomes best friends with Scorpius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy’s son. Scorpius is extremely book smart and a bit socially awkward, and happened to have a big crush on Rose Weasley, the daughter of Ron and Hermione. Speaking of which, Hermione is now the Minister of Magic. Harry is head of the Auror department and is being bombarded with rumors that Scorpius is actually the son of Voldemort. While it’s obvious that Scorpius is Draco’s son, someone in the novel is DEFINITELY Voldemort’s child, and that person is wreaking havoc on history with a time-turner and only Albus and Scorpius can stop them and try to put things right.

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There were lots of things that I didn’t particularly like in this story because the plot point was too rediculous or a character did something, well, out-of-character but I had to remind myself that 1. the story was written by two guys NOT called J. K. Rowling, and 2. The characters I know and love have gone through changes in the 15-ish years that have passed. If I was the same as I was 15 years ago, I’d be very shocked.

So if you do take it upon yourself to read it, remember those things. And, at the very least, enjoy being thrown into that world again that you love so much 🙂

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