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I was never more excited to read a new book to a series as I was for this newest edition to the Harry Potter saga. I am not going to lie, but admit that after having read all the earlier books in this series and an overall Harry Potter fan, I was anxiously awaiting this one for some time now.
So when I finally got my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I literally devoured it in less than one day. and as far as the play version of the 8th book in this famous series didn’t disappoint and I absolutely loved it.
Although, I shortened my review on Goodreads, because I actually wanted to elaborate more on here on my blog,
I must say that after I wrote my own shortened review I finally looked at what others had to say about this highly acclaimed and touted (and much anticipated) new addition to the long standing saga.
See I didn’t want to look as I didn’t want anyone’s review to spoil or taint my thoughts until after I read this book and also wanted to also have time to process my own reading of this book, too.
What I gathered from skimming others reviews was many either loved this new book or hated it.
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Well, for the sheer fact that I couldn’t put this book down and tore through it in roughly four hours time in one evening after my kids went to bed, I have to give it 5 stars and am one of those who loved Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which finds hero Harry Potter all grown up, married to his best friend, Ron Weasley’s little sister, Ginny. The couple has three kids with the youngest, Albus Severus (named after both the legendary Harry Potter characters, Dumbledore and Snape) being the focus of this new edition.
Then, add in that this newest release wasn’t just merely a book to showcase a “Where are they now”, but had all the feels of the original Harry Potter stories, plus added much needed new life into the original book series by having actually Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy’s young sons’ friendship as a new layer to their once troubled and tumultuous past rivalry. I mean who would have thought a Potter and a Malfoy could be friends and also be a friendship that as a longtime Harry Potter one to root for. But this friendship actually was just that!
I also would be remiss in not sharing how this book largely revolves around traveling back in time with the help of a “Time-Turner” to an earlier Harry Potter book occurrence with the Triwizard Tournament originally told in the Harry Potter Goblet of Fire or Book 5., which also brought back all the nostalgic feels and than some.
Have to admit I also loved the time travel and how we were treated to some very interesting “What if’s” had things turned out differently during these original tournament games, especially the alternate realities that we were given to as a result, including a very much alive Snape and Voldemort never being defeated and ruling Hogwarts and the magic world with an iron fist.
Also, having been a huge Back to the Future movie fan, I couldn’t help, but enjoy this just that much more as it totally was reminiscent of that classic movie and how time traveling could have dire consequences if left in the hands of the wrong person.
However, without giving away anymore than this as I truly don’t want to spoil for anyone who has yet to read The Cursed Child will say that not only was the latest storyline filled with tons of fun, Harry Potter-like action, but the ending truly was a pure delight.
Also on a side note, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the newest story being told as mentioned earlier as a play and not in the traditional J.K. Rowling novel style as the other seven in this past series were told, but actually thoroughly enjoyed reading it as a play believe it or not reminding me of some of my own school day play favorites, such as Our Town by Thornton Wilder or Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller.
But just as the original Harry Potter novels and the both aforementioned plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a force to be reckoned with, timeless and simply legendary.