hpMany have been thinking that this is the 8th book in the Harry Potter series.  It is not.  This is the eighth story involving Harry Potter (and supposedly the last) but it is very different from the other books you may be familiar with.  This is for several reasons but one is that it is a SCRIPT, not a book.  Some people do not like reading scripts as much as they like reading books.  If this is the case, you might want to avoid this book.  I actually enjoyed reading it in script form and found it to read much faster that way.

In this book we meet up with Harry and his crew again.  As we know from the other books, Harry married Ginny Weasley.  They have 3 children and the main focus in this book is about Albus. He is going off to Hogwarts along with his cousin Rose Weasley – the daughter of Hermione and Ron.  He ends up being friends with Scorpious Malfoy, Draco’s son.

I liked the first half of the story moreso than the second half and the conclusion.  I read it more as a standalone than a piece of the earlier books and I think that helped me enjoy it more.  Although I did tend to picture the kids from the movies in the parts and they came across as much younger than they should have. I’m not sure if this is from how they are written or the fact that I was picturing the younger actors that led me to this.

I am hoping that I get the chance to see this on stage sometime soon – whether it be in a trip to London or if it comes to the US.  I’m curious to see how they work in the magical aspects of the book.

I purchased this book because I love me some Harry Potter and wrote a review because that’s just what I do.

About the Book

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, 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.