When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced, I, like many of the Harry Potter fanatics out there, was beyond ecstatic. This joy was a little diminished when it came to light that Cursed Child would only be a play. “Great!” I thought miserably. “This way, I’ll never enter the post-Voldemort world of Harry Potter. I’ll never know how Harry fared as an adult. I’ll never experience magic again.”
But the Universe and the makers had something else in mind, because I did get to experience magic yet again and wonder at the marvels it presented. While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a script of the play as against the other seven Harry Potter books, it is in no way less of a phenomenon than them. This book/script shows magic in new ways and reiterates statements made in the earlier books. And how could I not fall in love with this beautiful masterpiece?
People have been going on and on about how Cursed Child is a disappointment, but I beg to differ. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off from where Albus Severus Potter is laying his fears bare in front of his father, and this book, or rather script, picks up from there and delves deeper into what he feels and how Harry is faring as a father. Yes, I grew up with Harry and like watching childhood fade away, I was devastated to watch the Harry Potter series end. But I also wanted to know more about how Harry turned out as an adult and how his life panned out through adulthood, too. I’m selfish that way!
This was brought to me fantastically by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany. Though the writing was mainly by Thorne, it is based on the story by the trio, and I have nothing to complain about!
I received Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just a couple of days within its official release and my joy knew no bounds. Just the thought of it sitting in my bookshelf brings a smile to my face. I don’t have all the Harry Potter books, but I made sure that I got this as soon as it released. And I finished reading it the night I received the book. It took me three hours to greedily gobble it up!
As I reverently consumed the words, I was filled with wonder as to how amazingly it was put through and how wonderful all the explanations given in The Cursed Child were. Yes, there was a slight disconnect between the explanation behind how Harry was being a bad father and how Albus decided to take matters into his own hands. But it was just that – a slight disconnect. If you sit and dig deep into the reasons behind Albus’ actions, you will most likely see why he does what he does. Yes, his actions are foolish, but that doesn’t make the story any less of a joy to read. In fact, it fuels it so much that you begin to vouch for Albus to come through at some point.
I’d give an arm to read another book based on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s journey but I know that this story has reached its end. The characters have now attained the path on which they are set to walk for the rest of their lives, hopefully without event, and it would not be fair to bring them out of literary retirement.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brought me smiles and warmth, like the seven Harry Potter books, and now I sit overjoyed and sated, knowing that Harry is navigating his life through adulthood in a much better way than was speculated! And despite my musings about not knowing magic again, I know that I can always pick the Harry Potter books and always experience that magic, no matter my age.
The only thing I hated about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was Ron and Padma’s child’s name. Who names their child ‘Panju’, unless you hate them?! Like a good friend said, “That’s a cursed child right there!”
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