‘Cursed Child’ a must-read for Potterheads

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Beth Douglass, Staff Writer

 

Whether you’re a muggle or a wizard, you are definitely going to enjoy the eighth (and final) book of the beloved Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling lets us return to the wizarding world (if only for a short period of time) to see what exactly happens with Harry’s son, Albus.

Potterheads will once again jump with jubilation, tremble with excitement, and cry in sadness…all in the middle of study hall (or was that just me?).

The story starts out with Albus and his brother, James, getting sent off to Hogwarts. While on the Hogwarts Express, young Albus stumbles into none other than a Malfoy. Instead of instantly hating each other, however, the two begin talking and eventually become friends.

Now, this seems kind of repetitive, right? Not only in the HP series, but other books as well.  Let’s take the famous play Romeo and Juliet, where the parents hate each other while their kids are in love.

This is similar to “Cursed Child,” as Harry and Draco both despise one another while Albus and Scorpius are the bestest of friends. While the relationship dynamics are familiar, the plot that revolves around the two protagonists is original, and not repeated in past stories.

The basic plot of the story involves Albus and Scorpius stealing a time turner and going back to the Triwizard tournament with Delphi Diggory to save Cedric from getting killed. Nothing could go wrong, right? But of course, being a Potter, something is bound to go wrong for Albus; yet neither of the two boys could imagine the hellish worlds they come back to after trying to save “The Spare.”

There is definitely a lot of action in this book, including jumping off of trains, fighting against friends, enemies, and everything in between, and multiple escape sequences. Fun, right?

There’s probably even more action than in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as it does not include the three main characters hiding in forests and running away from their problems for most of the book while trying to find mysterious objects followed by a two-minute battle between Harry and He Who Shall Not Be Named.

As to Harry and Albus’s relationship, the father and son do not get along well, as they have very different personalities from each other, and they seem to clash on a regular basis. While Harry is outgoing and enthusiastic, Albus is reserved and somewhat timid, especially around new people. And it doesn’t help the father-son relationship that Albus was placed in “the wrong house.”

“Cursed Child” was originally a screenplay and is somewhat hard to adapt to at first due to the format of the book. Unlike the first seven novels, which were written like any other book with paragraphs and descriptive words, it was instead written like a script.

I don’t know about you, but I have not read a lot of screenplays before, and this made it really hard for me to adapt to. However, if you’re also a diehard Potterhead like me, you’ll soon find yourself too captivated in the story to really care about the format.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a great novel, as it gave me a chance to revisit a beloved and mystic world that I enjoyed so very much. It answered many of the unanswered questions that I had after reading the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as the seventh book had left me pondering a great deal. However, I would not suggest it to anyone who has not read the first seven books, as the story is more or less a continuation of them.

But, if this sounds like a book for you, then go grab a mug of butterbeer and wand, shout “Accio ‘Cursed Child,’” and get reading!