Published by Little Brown UK on July 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
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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.
I love the Harry Potter books, and I couldn’t wait to read this latest edition. It’s not really the 8th book in the series – it’s most definitely an offshoot of the original stories. It has a very different feel to the original stories – a more grown up, adult feel, whereas the original HP stories (especially the early ones) were more definitely geared towards children and young adults. It’s also written as a play which automatically gives it a different feel to the originals.
I can understand a lot of the criticism levelled towards this book, but I loved it. It’s been years since I read a play and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of it. If you’re an HP fan you should definitely read this, but set your expectations as to what it is (and what it’s not!) so you won’t be disappointed.