Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Genres: YA, childrens, fantasy
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.
Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The two issues I really had with it were, I think, the same as most people. The first was the deux ex machina “changes all the previous rules “Time Turner. The second was Delphini, the most Mary-Sue character to ever live and a totally non-threatening villain.
The plot wasn’t the strongest (I’ve seen far better and more complex post-epilogue stories from fanfiction writers) but I didn’t feel like that mattered. The point wasn’t the story so much as the opportunity to see some wonderful cameos of past characters – Snape, Cedric, Bane, even Umbridge – and to see some of the calmer, touching moments between the trio and Harry’s family.
I really enjoyed this book, the screenplay structuring gave it a fast pace and it was nice to check-in with old characters again. I wouldn’t recommend it to non-fans though, and I don’t think it’s anywhere near on par with the novels. It’s a DVD Easter egg – a great little add-on but not 100% part of the series.