book review · Young Adult

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I became a Potterhead when I was 8 years old. Fast-forward 15 years and I am still going strong as a Potterhead. Reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was very bittersweet for me. I was ecstatic beyond belief to be given another piece of the Harry Potter world, but sad that this was the end of the Harry Potter story.

Description

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 a 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.

Review

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the story being written as a play instead of as a novel, but I don’t think it took away from the story at all. Then again, I have always enjoyed reading plays just as much as novels.

Reading about Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Draco as adults was something I loved. It made me feel somewhat nostalgic, especially since I have just graduated college and am officially adulting now. I did miss having Neville and Luna in the story. I always enjoyed their additions to the adventures, but at least we still had McGonagall.

I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the book, but Albus Potter sure does take after Harry. I did feel bad for Albus and Scorpious in regards to the way they are treated by other students at Hogwarts. I can’t believe Rose, Albus’s own cousin, even joined in teasing the boys.

Onto to the topic of Draco Malfoy. As mean as Draco could be when he was a teenager, I always did have a weak spot for him and hope that he would leave his family’s dark ways behind. Needless to say, I was happy to see that Draco grew up well and truly loves his son.

I think one of my favorite parts in the story was the short little remark Draco made to Hermione when they were trying to save Albus and Scorpious.

“DRACO: Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger. (She turns towards him. He smiles.) And I’m mildly enjoying it.

I love Ron and Hermione together, but I was never opposed to the idea of Hermione and Draco as couple. I could have seen Hermione being really good for Draco, but it seems he found his own Hermione after all. It was terribly unfair that he only had a little time with her. Draco did seem to always get the short end of the stick.

Did anyone else ever like the idea of Draco and Hermione together? What are your thoughts on the new Harry Potter story?

 

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