Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J. K. Rowling [Book Review]

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_Cover.jpgTitle : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

Author : J. K. Rowling

ISBN : 9780751565355

Publisher : Little, Brown

Genre : Play

Pages : 343

Source : Self

Rating : 4 stars

Harry Potter and the cursed child had all the elements that a Harry Potter fan looks forward to. Magic, Wizards, Witches, Friends and Prophecies. Though not on the magnitude of the novels, it did deliver an unputdownable narration. Along the length of the story, I was quite confused about the protagonist of the story as it swivels from Albus Severus Dumbledore and Scorpius Malfoy.

We get to visit an alternate universe where bad has triumphed over good after the battle of Hogwarts is lost. Quite uncanny and unorthodox was the narration with the way the scenes were said, hastily if nothing else.

Though the story did not have a lot of magic that was expected out of the book, it did compensate with the way complexities of how the present, past and future come together were woven in a likely, Rowling-ish manner.

We get to know what it would have been like if Cedric Diggory was alive? If Ron and Hermione never got married? If Voldemort never died? If Snape were still alive ? The questions, the fans pondered over for years are answered in a breath taking way that is bound to leave you teary eyed. We do not get to know a lot about Harry’s first son and the first daughter as the story is developed around his second son.

Though the story seemed predictable here and there, the value added, again to the value of love, bravery and friendship outshines anything that is deemed to put you off. I would have enjoyed it more if had more substance but it is true Harry Potter story nevertheless.

Reviewed by Pavan Kumar B C.

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