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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - J.K Rowling

Now why I didn't get this book sooner, I'll never know. Harry Potter was my childhood love. I read these books religiously and managed to finish one of the last ones whilst on holiday, in just a few days. I was hooked on JK Rowling's storytelling and the adventures of Harry, Hermione and Ron. I think what stopped me from getting this book as soon as it came out was that for me, I felt Harry Potter had finished. The last book for me was the climatic ending that the characters of this story needed and that to continue it would just ruin the finale of that book.

How wrong was I?!
Harry Potter book
The book, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is laid out in script form which for many of JK Rowling's fans was initially probably a little off putting. It also meant that the story wasn't going to last the length of her previous books because it's been written for the stage. There were also two more involved in the collaborative process, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Thorne is a playwright and screenwriter whilst Tiffany is a Director and directed the production that is currently playing at The Palace Theatre in the West End, London.

Fast forward 19 years later and we see the original trio all grown up with children of their own. Harry and Ginny have three children, James, Albus and Lily. Ron and Hermione have Rose and Draco Malfoy has Scorpius. Albus and Scorpius form an unlikely friendship which is a surprising and contrasting change to the bond that Harry and Draco had at their age. Over the years, the parents have worked their way into the Ministry with Hermione being Minister of Magic. 

Albus and Scorpius' time at Hogwarts progresses quite quickly and this is due to the lack of time given as it needs to be performed on the stage. It doesn't however miss anything out and there's plenty of action and magic throughout. I'm actually going to see the production in August so I'll be keen to see the magic brought to life on stage (as there's plenty of special effects that'll be needed).
Harry Potter in West End
With both boys being from iconic families', they certainly feel this pressure from their fellow students, which leads to both becoming outcasts and bullied by other students at Hogwarts. Albus doesn't seem to be a patch on his father when it comes to wizardry and Scorpius has to battle with constant rumours of him being the son of Lord Voldemort. Albus and Harry also have a very strained relationship which is the main reason why a lot of the events throughout the story occur. During the boys third year, Harry acquires a Time Turner and at the same time, Amos Diggory (Cedric Diggory's father) asks Harry for help in turning back the clock to save his son who was killed at the Triwizard Tournaments. Unfortunately Harry refuses to help whilst Albus believes something can be done and takes the matter into his own hands, along with the help of Scorpius.

Around this time Albus and Scorpius meet Amos' niece Delphi Diggory who wants to help use the Time Turner to get her cousin back. Unbeknownst to the boys, Delphi isn't who she says she is (ssh I don't want to spoil it for you).

This is where things really start to get interesting and by this point I was hooked. I read the book in just under a week and I would love JK Rowling to release a more in-depth version of the script, adapting it into a fully fledged book that I feel it so rightly deserves. I think this definitely could be done without changing any of the pivotal moments within the story.

So have you read the book yet? Let me know in the comments below!






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