Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been the most awaited book for me this year as it has been for all other Potterheads. Being a thorough J K Rowling fanatic, I was adamant regarding the absolute magical-ness of it. Accordingly, my expectations skyrocketed. So much higher that I stayed mid-air, holding on to something that didn't even exist.
"Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch."
Turns out, Harry Potter did leave us after the final (Deathly Hollows) installment of the book. Not circling around it any further, let's check out how does it actually goes down the yellow pages.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with the past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Harry's story concluded with the end of Death Hallows and Cursed Child picks up nineteen years later since the events of the last book. As for the trio, Harry, Ron and Hermione have grown up too, and we all have hoped with our eyes wide waiting for the magical moments of their togetherness to happen. Truly, for me, it didn't.
I will concur for the mere reason with it just because J K Rowling made it very clear from the beginning that it is not a full-fledged book.
Her words were marked and sadly, it is not. The hyped expectations with the Cursed Child is what makes it even more of a disappointing read. It was not bad through and through, though. Nostalgia was definitely there, staying until the very end. You can easily imagine the play being converted into a movie in your head. However, the lack of details led to the lack of flickering imagination. They won't run wild like they do in the books.
There are some new additions to the play. Gene and Harry's son Albus makes his debut on the play. Then, there is Ron and Hermione's playful daughter Rose. You will fall in love with Malfoy's son, Scorpius. Hard to deem but he is one of the good lads. The sharp-minded kids have an adventurous life at Hogwarts as they struggle with the legacy endowed on them.
You will stumble upon the familiar names of Dumbledore, Draco, and even Professor Snape.
If you are a diehard Potter fan, then this is definitely one book you should read. But, in case, you are not, I won't recommend it.
I will give Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Half a star extra just because I love J K Rowling.
Hardcover 352 pages
Publisher: Little Brown; new edition (1 August 2016)
Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.3 x 23.9 cm