A review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

A Nostalgic trip back to Hogwarts

The 8th installment in the Potterverse – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” joins the Hogwarts alumni nineteen years after the close of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and is truly a nostalgic romp through the previous seven books. Revisiting familiar places, people and events the Cursed Child is a nice catching up with old friend and also some perceived enemies. Harry, now grown with three kids of his own sends his second son Albus off to Hogwarts. Who he meets there, the friends he makes and the things he gets up to well… you’ll have to read the book if you want to know because I will not give away anything here.

Written as an Official Script book for the play, this definitely reads slightly differently than the previous installments. After taking a few pages/scenes to familiarize myself with the formatting I think I actually preferred this format for the purpose of this story, it worked very nicely. The scenes are sketched in basic format and it is left to the reader to fill in the blanks… as grand or minimal as you like. Clocking in an a little over 300 pages, I’m fairly certain that if this were a traditional novel we would have been looking at closer to 500 pages.

After reading “Cursed Child”, I find myself nostalgic for the Wizarding World and would love to see more installments of the grown up Hogwarts alum and the new generation of wizards. As far as if that will become a reality, I guess only Professor Treylawney knows for sure; but  I would definitely be game for seeing the stage production if it ever makes it stateside.

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