Author : Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
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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.
For anyone who missed Rowling's tweet about this latest release being a script book might have been disappointed , with its less magic and not exactly in the league with HP series. I read it driven by the curiosity of a Potter fan and because I could not see the play in London.
Cursed Child takes of from where the deathly hallows , the final book of the HP series ended that is nineteen years after the battle of Hogwarts where harry Potter with the help of his friends defeated Lord Voldemort bringing peace to the magical world. Harry who is now settled into his job as an auror at the ministry of magic with his wife Ginny and three children and his friends Hermione and Ron also becoming a couple..All seem to go great except for one trouble, his not so great rapport with second son Albus. Albus confesses his fear at the platform 93/4 being sorted to Slytherian , even though Harry tries to convince him that it doesn't matter ,Albus quickly becomes an outsider when his fear of being sorted into Slytherian comes true.
As the story unfolds from the train with Rose (Hermione's daughter) and Scorpius (Draco Malfoy's son) coming together how I wished to see a trio friendship just like that of Harry ,Hermione and Ron's , but we quickly realise that this novel is more about the characters than the magic itself as we are left with Albus and Scorpious both living a life under a heavy lingering shadow of their fathers. Albus who is unable to live upto the legend like expectation of his father and Scorpious who is suspected of being Voldemort's son. How they together fight their darkness to find their inner lights forms the core of the book..
The book moves on the stark contrast of fatherhood both Harry and Malfoy had. For Harry it was the total absence of his father while Malfoy it was presence of the absolutely wrong one which defined each them..Now that they themselvesbecame fathers all this is driving them into a world of spiral confusions..Though Harry and Albus share a lot of qualities the very same prevents them from bonding even when Ginny helps Harry to mend the bridge urges him to let their son know how specifically he is loved but Albus need more than all that to find his own identity in his world full of trouble. Scorpious is the smart one among the duo reminding us of Hermione many a times..Scorpious world is also broken into million pieces wih the death of his mother and gossips of his parental lineage.
The novel does has its Rowling magic with Triwizard contest, Ministry of magic yet it doesn't hold upto the level of magic in the other books and I definitely missed the owls but I do understand the limitations of them to be being used in the play. The book has the time turner that takes us back and forth to the past and present with Albus and Scorpious actions commanding over thefuture they might have to live in. Though the time turner was a winning point in the 3rd book ,in this one they just dragged it too far ..The book has stayed honest to original Rowling theme of victory of truth over darkness I couldn't help but miss the Rowling's brainwave troughout. All this being said this book did provide me with a wonderful memory down the lane to my school days when I read my first book ..My favorites were the first four in the series of 7..
If you are a hard potter fan do read it , knowing that the book in a play style that would help to start with even if you are not a fan the book is worth for an entertaining read..