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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 1 & 2
Based on an Original New Story by J.K. Rowling
By: John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Fiction, Play, Fantasy, Young Adult
Violence, Death, Wizards, Witches, Magic
Plus(es): Engrossing Plot, Plenty of action
Minus(es): Wanted to see more character development of the teens a huge Harry Potter fan, I was delighted with this bewitching follow up play. I would highly recommend reading the whole Harry Potter series before reading this book if you have not done so already.
Harry Potter’s son (Albus) is growing up in the shadow of his father’s celebrity in the wizarding world. While he is in route to Hogwarts, he befriends Scorpius who is the son of the Draco and Astoria Malfoy. Draco, who was a Death Eater, was one of Harry’s archenemies. This is a minor issue in Albus’s problematic friendship. There is a widespread rumor circulating that Scorpius is Voldemort’s son.
Albus and Scorpius use some dangerous and powerful magic in a well-meaning attempt to revise history. Harry, Ginny, and Draco must resolve their differences and join forces in an effort to save their sons. Can they get there in time to rescue their children? As they go back in time, will they alter the past? No one knows better than Harry that all actions have consequences.
Overall, I thought this was a captivating read. The play format allows the plot to move forward at a good pace. My only issue was the lack of character development. I wish the authors had written two books and cultivated the children’s characters further.
Awards/Recognition: New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller list