Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

626F6F78747265616D=7474747474727576707<7473Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Plays, Adventure, Family, Magic

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.


You know, I really hadn’t foreseen the publication of something to lengthen Harry Potter’s story after the conclusion that was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So, the way I see it, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a lovely gift to every Harry Potter fan out there who has hoped and waited a long time to see their wizard friends again.

Though the plot holes are very visible and spread throughout the story, they make for charming and heartfelt conversations between characters, so I didn’t mind them all that much.

The best thing about this #8 Harry Potter is how nostalgic it makes the reader feel. There are plenty of familiar faces – Harry, Ginny, Draco, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, etc – as well as some interesting new ones – Albus, Rose, Scorpius, Lily, James…

Admittedly, it was strange to read this supposedly 8th story in Harry Potter’s world in play format but the truth is, it was extremely easy to imagine everything play out like in a movie, so it all felt alive to me.

This isn’t a book you have to read but, if you’re a diehard Harry Potter fan, I am going to look at you quite incredulously if you decide not to. I’m sadly not going to be able to tell you that you’re making the right choice, because this is so, so charming and fun, but I can understand people wanting to have their own vision of the Harry Potter cast as adults and their children. Yes, it’s a bit silly but… I loved it still.

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13 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

  1. I mean, nothing could ever be good than the original and considering this was an official “fan fiction”, I think, whoever thought of this was a genius. Riding the coattails of something already insanely famous and having the original writer back you up pretty much guarantees a best seller. But yeah, I suppose for the diehard HP fans out there, this was a blessing.


  2. On release day, I rushed out to the shops at 9:00am on a Sunday just to grab a copy. Some bookshops were mayhem here and some stores sold out within half an hour. I’m so glad I grabbed a copy, but I’ve decided to wait until the hype dies down to read it. I’m preparing for the feels. So glad you enjoyed it so much Lola, sounds like a wonderful walk down memory lane. Brilliant review ❤


  3. I plan on reading it like an eternity book. I have no desire to end this experience any time soon…. Yes, I’m a fanatic😎


  4. I see 4/5 stars and it makes me scared! I refuse to read the reviews until I’ve read the book (waiting, waiting, waiting on a physical copy but I’m in Africa which takes some time!) but I respect your views so I’m even more nervous now! Eep!


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