I loved Harry Potter when I was growing up. I went to the midnight premieres for the books and final films, and reread the books every summer. In my adult life, I occasionally reread a chapter or two from the series, but didn’t feel the need to read Cursed Child when it was released. I was living in France at the time, and while I can read French, I hate reading in French, because the layout is so foreign (they don’t use quotation marks and their plays are formatted differently than English ones.) I knew there was no way I could get to Paris to find an English copy, (#provinciallife,) so I made a mental note to read it at a later date.
Cursed Child is the eight installment of the series and takes place nearly two decades after the seventh book. Harry Potter’s son, Albus, struggles to find his place at Hogwarts and, in typical pre-teen fashion, resents his father. He forges an unlikely character with Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco. Albus’ Hogwarts experience is vastly different from his father’s. He’s unpopular, struggles in school, and is sorted into Slytherin. One argument with his father quickly escalates and Harry shouts that he wishes Albus weren’t his son.
Meanwhile, Harry is approached by Amos Diggory, who claims there is a Time Turner that could bring his son back to life. Albus hears this conversation and decides to take it upon himself to unwind history. Albus and Scorpius go on a quest to revive Cedric Diggory, turning the magical world on its head.
I read this book in a day and would give it 3 out of 5 stars– it’s just average. While it was fun to return to Hogwarts, I wasn’t truly invested in Albus Potter’s story. I spent nearly a decade reading the original series, and Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny are barely present in this book. Their children are underdeveloped (it’s a play after all,) and the plot made absolutely no sense. The Time Turner theory was somewhat flawed in Prisoner of Azkaban and to make it the focal point of the play made it seemed rushed and unfinished.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two. J.K. Rowling, Little, Brown, 2016.