ChooChoo… All aboard the Hogwarts Express. The much awaited eighth installment of the story of the “Boy Who Lived” is here and we’re all sucked into the world of Harry Potter once again. The book is split into two parts. The book starts off with the Potter and Granger-Weasley clan nineteen years from where we last left off at King’s cross station. Harry Potter ages into a middle-aged man who works for the Ministry of Magic. The next generation is set to go to Hogwarts and go on adventures of their own. The story begins with Rose, daughter of Ron and Hermione, and Albus, son of Harry and Ginny, setting foot onto the Hogwarts express and recalling how their parents first met. In true Harry Potter fashion, Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy who is the son of Draco Malfoy. This is basically where the story ‘begins’.
Albus Potter is under constant pressure as people expect a great deal from him as the son of Harry Potter. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about Albus growing from a boy to a teenager forming friendships along the way which are frowned upon by all those around him. He works alongside his best friend Scorpius to defeat the dark forces and save the world. What can we say, like father like son.
This book links events from previous books and gives it a little twist. We are able to dive into scenes of Triwizard Tournament and many others that leave us just as captivated as we were the first time. The book gives out some valuable messages. We are shown how powerful (or not) the bond between a father and son can be. It lets us explore the mind of a teenage boy who is suffocated by the attention that his father gets and has to deal with expectations that are formidably huge.
This book is basically just the script for the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Being so, we do miss some details that only a ‘novel’ would offer. The details in some places were quite vague and the writing was rushed at points. Rowling’s style of writing is definitely missed and I personally believe that is a huge con to the book.
All in all, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is much more than wizards, witches and the dark forces. It highlights the importance of bonds between a son and father, the value of friendship and much more. It shows us how much your life can alter because of one little and seemingly-insignificant change. It shows us that everything makes a difference. Although this is just a sneak peak into their lives, it will take us back to the beginning and remind you just how much you’ve been yearning for the wizarding world. After all, it has left me wondering why I haven’t received my letter to Hogwarts yet.