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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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This book has been on my wish list for a while now and my husband was keen enough to get it for me for Christmas. This was one I wanted an actually copy of, as opposed to having or borrowing on my Kindle like most of the books I read. It has to be added to the Harry Potter collection, obviously!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne is a script for what is now a show on Broadway. If you are familiar with the books and/or movies, they both end 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. Sorry I’m not giving a spoiler alert warning – it’s been 11 years since the lasts book was published and 7 years since the final movie. I also don’t know why you would be reading this book if you weren’t familiar with the books and/or movies and I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyway…the beginning of the Cursed Child should be familiar. Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, and their respective children are gathered at Kings Cross Station for the departure of the Hogwart’s Express. Harry and Ginny’s middle child, Albus, is starting his first year at Hogwarts. I’d say Albus is the main character of this story/show, along with his best friend, Scorpius, but don’t worry – the main characters we know and love are all very involved throughout.

I won’t give any more spoilers, but the story is about how dark magic is still present in the wizarding world as well as what it means to live as Harry Potter’s child, which Albus struggles with. And he ends up on an adventure reminiscent of his father’s escapades while at Hogwarts. I’ve never read a screenplay before but it was just like reading a book. Except a lot shorter. There aren’t a lot of details about internal emotions, facial expressions, or scenery because that’s what you’re supposed to see on stage. So now, obviously, I have to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. Who’s ready?!

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