Author: J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter #8
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Published: July 31st 2016
No. of Pages: 343
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.-(Goodreads)
Harry Potter is a pivotal part of not only literature, but of the lives of many readers, and so this new instalment in the lives of our old friends will be warmly welcomed by anyone. Any reservations you may have about the newest tale being in script format are misgiven; this book will have you immersed in the world you have loved since you read about The Boy Who Lived.
Perhaps what stands out to me the most with this new adventure is the lack of magic. I don't mean it in the physical sense, with enough disarming spells and patronus charms to tide you by until next time, but that Harry Potter & the Cursed Child is a firm rejector of happily ever afters. As readers who have observed the twisting, muddy paths of Harry's life since he was eleven, this should be no surprise, and yet it seems we cannot rationalise the darkness and dare I say it, unhappiness, that continues to tinge the days of these witches and wizards. I think it's brilliant. Harry Potter has never been a fairytale, and it is not now that it should become one either, because even after saving the Wizarding World life can never be perfect for our trio. The Battle of Hogwarts may have been won, but the fight doesn't end there, and not just because there is always someone who wants evil to prevail. Our everyday fights with angst ridden teenagers, destructive rumours, life and death continue, and whether you are the chosen one or the brightest witch of your age, there are no exceptions.
These are the little wisdoms of life that make Harry Potter so intimate, and that is a defining quality of the Cursed Child. With a noticeable depletion of vivid description caused by the script format, anyone would assume the book would suffer at the hands of ardent fans and readers, yet no such thing occurs. This is a world so familiar, so comforting that the aforementioned audience can already envision the rough castle walls, inhale the fumes of the Hogwart's Express. This is a very rare quality in literature, but Harry Potter is a story that has it and knows how to use it very effectively. So much so in fact, that this is a story made up of pure, liquid emotion. Powdered fears, relationships broken into crumbs, the skin scraped by regretted words; they all coagulate to make the ink used to write this novel, that's how I imagine it. The resulting experience is decadent, meant to drawn out every last drop of those emotions and ensure you can taste them. It's overwhelming, but what's even better is that once again, it's as familiar as home.
And J.K.Rowling did promise that Hogwarts would always be there to welcome you home.