Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a delightful read intended for ardent and Harry Potter fans, Potterheads, who did not have the chance see the play in London. The movies are certain to delight the audience, and bring additional magic beyond the pages of the book.

 
The setting: it’s been nineteen years since adventures of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Deathly Hallows, the last book in the seven book series, brought many story arcs to a close, finishing with happy families of Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione on Platform 9 ¾, some 19 years later after the defeat of Voldemort.

 

This is where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins.

First things first: this is NOT a book in the real sense of the word. It’s the rehearsal script from the play of the same name, which opened to audiences officially July 30, 2016; A two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.

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Secondly, those who are familiar with the previous books may not to understand a lot in this book, or at least someone who has seen and adored the movies. This addition to the Harry Potter mythos references incidents from previous books.

View the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I Teaser-Trailer 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x6eYEKTQLY

 

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The story starts off with Harry and Ginny saying goodbye to their two kids, James and Albus Severus. Their third, Lily, has yet to get into Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione are also saying goodbye to their daughter Rose. The book follows a sad and forlorn Albus Severus and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy. Yes, you guessed it; he’s the son of Draco Malfoy. The two embark on a journey, using a Time Turner, to change a few things in the past. But, it isn’t as easy as they thought it would be.

In the meanwhile, Harry Potter, our beloved bespectacled wizard is seen grappling with middle age…and his past. He is now a father and an overworked official at the Ministry of Magic.

Hermione and Ron are not at the forefront of it all, but the jibes and banter that Ron brings to the story is supplemented by the funny Scorpius, who as a character is quite removed from the dark Malfoy ethos.

Draco too seems to have changed his ways, or perhaps adulthood and fatherhood changed it for him, as the book, nay script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, seems to suggest.

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“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” — Albus Dumbledore to Harry

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This stage adaption of the established Harry Potter novels understandably lacks the details of imagery of J. K. Rowling’s writing. However, the reception of the original stage production was highly positive, earning five stars from several prestigious publications. As expected, the stand-out performances of the stage actors lend additional detail and imagery.

The book form of the script has been nominated for the Holden-Crowther Book Award 2016 and has sold over 2 million copies in the first two days of the release.

Fans look forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off/sequel to the Harry Potter Series.

View the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theatric trailer.