I started late with the Harry Potter books. Still, I breezed through Books 1-4 just before the first movie was released. From then on, every book release date was like a special occasion for me and my sister. We would save up for it and then troop to the nearest mall to pick-up our copy. Then there was that empty feeling about having nothing to look forward to after the last Potter film was released.
Five years later and Potterheads are once again celebrating with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Unlike the first seven books, this one’s a stage play and was developed by a playwright Jack Thorne from an idea by J.K. Rowling. But because not everyone can troop to London and see it on-stage, a script book was released for fans who wanted to read how Harry’s life has turned out since the epilogue of Book 7.
Without divulging important details, here are my thoughts on the book:
- Albus is quite an angsty kid. Looks like being a descendant of the Chosen One isn’t doing him any good because he also has a strained relationship with his father.
- Scorpius, on the other hand, turns out to be a lovable character which is weird given his family history. I suppose the Malfoys’ fall from grace after the Battle of Hogwarts contributed to his mild-mannered upbringing, huh?
- It was also great to read about the original characters who are now older and wiser as they sort through the mess created by their own children.
This one’s more of a light read compared to the first seven so it’s best to lower your expectations. My friend Isa finished it in less than 2 hours and she was quite satisfied with the flow of the story. She only had one wish: that they turn this into a movie as a sort of equalizer for those who cannot afford to see the play in London. I’d say give it another decade and that might just happen.