So, I have a slight obsession with Harry Potter. So much so that I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo on my right forearm. Growing up, I was absolutely addicted to the books and movies. If it’s part of the Harry Potter fandom, I know it and love it. Just like every other die-hard fan, I was ecstatic when the new book/play was announced. However, I had my reservations about the quality of the book. Let’s be honest, J.K. Rowling is a genius, but there were two other authors involved in this project, that’s a legitimate cause for concern as a fan. In May of this year my boyfriend preordered the Rehearsal Edition in hardback as a birthday present for me (He’s such a keeper, right!).
After what felt like an eternity, the release date finally came and my book arrived the next day. From the moment I cracked the spine I was completely engulfed. All of my reservations were, happily, for nothing. This book was amazing! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a continuation, in a sense, of the original story, but this time the main character is Albus Potter, Harry’s youngest son. First off, you don’t even get to double digit page numbers before finding a little literary gem planted by J.K. herself. Ginny and Harry tell Albus (who is trying to get to Platform 9 ¾) to “walk straight at the wall between platforms 9 and 10” “best to do it at a run if you’re nervous”, something that Molly said to Harry, almost word for word, when the Weasley family was introduced in the very first book. This simple exchange is just a taste of what is to come. Now, because I am such a huge fan, I refuse to give away any real details on this story, because I would hate to be reading this blog and run into spoilers. No one wants to be the person that spoiled Harry Potter, I’m not okay with that bad juju. J.K. Rowling expertly brings back moments, characters, and scenes from the original 7 books that will make you want to cry from happiness but also throw your new, shiny book against the wall while screaming curse words. Throughout the entire series I always held a deep love for Draco Malfoy as one of my favorite characters, and this book gives his character the vindication that Draco fans so desperately craved after his about face in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Going into this book I expected a twist, but I never imagined one as insane as this book delivered. Seriously, props to J.K. for nearly giving me a heart attack when I connected the dots. One trait that makes J.K. such an incredible author is her ability to rehash small details that are seemingly insignificant, and use them to connect multiple characters and situations seamlessly. A trait that tends to leave readers mind blown. There is absolutely no shortage of that in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it makes for an amazing page-turner. If you love Harry Potter then I urge you to give this incredible script a read, you won’t be disappointed. After all, what Harry Potter fan isn’t dying to revisit Hogwarts, and possibly the Fallen Fifty?