Tuesday 9 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling

I managed to get the new Harry Potter book on the release date and finished reading it in one sitting! When I got the book, I wasn’t sure how the reading experience is going to be as it is a 'play script' and Rowling’s descriptive narrative in her earlier books has been quite enjoyable. Nonetheless, the structure of the book did not affect the tempo. However, it just took little time getting used to the new style.

Well, the story starts where it ended in the previous book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Harry and Ginny seeing off their sons to Hogwarts. Interestingly, Albus, the second son turns out to be a difficult child, having to shoulder the burden of being the famous Harry Potter’s son. Harry being preoccupied with the ministry – he’s now the Head of magical law enforcement, and spending little time with the boy compound the problems.

Now after nearly two decades, we find Hermione as the Minister of Magic, Ginny as the sports editor at Daily Prophet, Ron running the joke shop and Neville as the professor herbology, to name a few.

Malfoy’s son Scorpius, a good lad (!), is the best friend of Albus, both in the Slytherin house now! Scorpius has his own ghosts to fight, what with dark rumors doing the rounds about his parentage!

Given this background, the boys set out on an adventurous journey in time, only to mess up with time and face darkness in camouflage! The ramifications of their childish act almost resurrect evil forces. How this brings the friends together to fight dark forces once again, how the equations with Malfoy change over time, and how the relationship between Harry and his son evolves, form the rest of the story.

As always, the author keeps you engaged thoughout, though I would still have preferred a full length fiction in her inimitable style! However, all Potter fans will definitely enjoy this new journey in time…  

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