Publisher: Little, Brown

Publication Date: 31 July 2016

Writers: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

No* of pages: 352

Genre: Fantasy 


Harry Potter is, without a doubt, a global phenomenon.

 Millions of people from around the world have followed the adventures of The Boy Who Lived since their childhood years, including me. Naturally, I was excited when I learnt that Harry's story would be continued through a slightly different medium than a novel - a stage play. 

Without spoiling it too much for everyone who hasn't read it: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses on both Harry (Jamie Parker) and his son, Albus (Sam Clemmett), and their journey after the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

After its official release, differing opinions surfaced on social media from those who had already read it. Most people loved it, some thought it was okay and others weren't too fond of it. But nevertheless, I wanted to read it for myself, adamant as I am about not relying on the opinions of others. 

I read it, and whilst I wasn't let down, I wasn't entirely amazed either. I'm still on the fence about it. 

The dialogue consisted of humour, shock, anger and the many emotions one would feel reading the original books. However, it lacked something the books had always made me feel reading it as I grew up. I was laughing, crying and smiling at the many quirks of Ron. I felt proud of the characters; they still had their flaws that I’ve loved from the very start.

The plot was the most interesting aspect of this critically acclaimed play. It was weird to see the character in their adulthood years having come so far from where we left them nine years ago. It was enjoyable, eccentric, out of the ordinary and in some scenes, humorous. A lot of plot twists were provided that took me aback. It explores various alternate dimensions and, in my honest opinion, it was well done.

I’m sure that if I had seen the play, I would’ve enjoyed it more because this story is obviously meant for the stage, and not in print. Just reading it lacks the visual experiences that I’m positive makes this play unforgettable.

I would recommend buying this latest instalment in the Harry Potter series, but only on one condition: don’t have high expectations. Otherwise, you will likely be disappointed, and remember that it is supposed to be on a different medium other than the traditional literature we see it today.

Are you passionate about Harry Potter? I would love to hear your views on the play! Please comment below.

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