Book review of Harry Potter and the cursed child
Author: J. K. Rowling

Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.

So, it is after a 9 year long wait that the Potter heads get to experience the magical world of wizards and witches once again. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and the last novel in the series came out in the year 2007.

Harry Potter and the cursed child, is the eighth and the latest addition in the Harry Potter book series.

Important thing to remember before reading this book is that it is not a novel. It is a play, or rather the rehearsal script made into the form of a play. Also this book is not completely written by J.K Rowling.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Throne.

The book opens where the last book ended, that is, the kings cross station, 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts.

It is a bit weird seeing Harry, Hermione and Ron as middle aged people. We had seen them as kids, witnessed their growing up years, from their first year at Hogwarts to their victory against Voldemort. We, as readers, were with them all the way. So it feels strange that they are suddenly middle aged, without us witnessing their journey from youth to this stage, where Harry works for the ministry, Hermione is the Minister of Magic and Ron handles the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Instead of Harry, Ron and Hermione and their nemesis Draco, we have their kids boarding the Hogwarts Express. Harry’s son Albus is best friends with *spoiler* Draco’s son Scorpius Malfoy. Albus is not a Gryffindor but, gasp, he is a Slytherin. Unlike Harry, Albus has a loving family but he is crushed beneath the legacy of not only Harry Potter(The boy who lived), but Dumbledore and Severus Snape(two of the greatest wizards in history), as well.

There are a few things which feel somewhat off about the book. Firstly, Ron’s character has been used only as a comic relief which was not at all fair. At times Harry behaves in ways the old Harry would never have. Two particular conversations, one with professor McGonagall, and the other with Dumbledore were completely out of character for Harry. On the whole this old Harry felt a little different from the young Harry.

The cursed child is all about relationships: Albus’s strained relation with Harry, his friendship with Scorpius, Harry trying to be a good father and trying to fight and overcome his own guilt. It also shows alternate worlds which could have been the reality had things turned up differently than they did.

Is the play better than the first seven novels?? No, it is not even close. Could it have been better? Yes, of course. Is the whole thing too rushed? Yes, it is a little too rushed with a scarcity of words. There are too many plot holes with a serious lack of explanation of how and why things occur.

But, the most important thing is that despite having many flaws (in both the plot and characters), it still ends up being an enjoyable read.

Nothing can come close to the awesome feeling of holding a brand new book of the Harry Potter series, of revisiting the magical world of Hogwarts, of once again meeting familiar characters like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall  and also getting acquainted with new ones like Albus Potter, Rose Weasley, Delphini and Scorpious Malfoy. Scorpius Malfoy (sigh!!!!!) is a marvel and an absolute gem. His geeky and super adorable tactics are the biggest redeeming factor of the play. The polar opposite of his father Draco, Scorpious will surely become a fan favourite character of many.

The book has a great amount of nostalgia attached to it. Visiting Hogwarts, witnessing the sorting ceremony, meeting Professor McGonagall, Professor Snape and Dumbledore once again is like walking down the memory lane.

In one particular scene Dumbledore tells Harry;
Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again.

And ironically enough, this also goes on to describe the book. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is far from being perfect, there are flaws and clichés for it to be perfect, but even then this book is not devoid of its shining moments.

So even if some may find the book a disappointment, it deserves a reading. All the Potter Heads out there should read it, at least once, if not for anything else, then to be the judge themselves.