I’m sure it will come as a shock to noone that the book that finally brought me out of my reading slump was Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be more specific, and with it, the 2016 Reading Challenge is back on track! Having seen the play a month before the book was released in script form, I obviously knew the plot and the characters, but that didn’t make my return to the wizarding world by page any less magical.
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Category: #40 A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy
“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth offering into the wizarding world, but instead of the novels we are used to, this comes in the form of the script of the play of the same name. Set 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, it picks up where Deathly Hallows left off, on Platform 9 3/4.
Little can be said as to its plot without spoiling the crazy journey that unfolds within its pages. What can be said, however, is that we are introduced to a new generation of characters, and reintroduced to those we fell in love with almost two decades ago.
Much has been said about the plot – the spoilers are easily available to access if you should so desire – and it is, unquestionably, going to be a play that divides Potter fans: much like Marmite. I can only speak for myself, but having been fortunate enough to see the play at the Palace Theatre in June, reading the script immersed me once again in its brilliance: let’s just say I totally ship it!
Whilst this script isn’t perfect and there are plot holes big enough for Hagrid to fall through, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in two sittings. Any addition to Harry’s world will be welcomed by millions of Potterheads across the globe, and I certainly am no exception!
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