Scripted perfectly: ‘Cursed Child’ an interesting read

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” by J.K. Rowling. Arthur A. Levine Books; Special Rehearsal edition (July 31, 2016). 320 pages.

Reviewed by Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series and was based on the story idea by J.K. Rowling, author of the seven original Harry Potter books.
“The Cursed Child” is not a novel, but a script book for the play written by Jack Thorne, a TV, theater and radio writer. The show is directed by celebrated director John Tiffany. “The Cursed Child” was set to run as a one-night only production at the Palace Theatre in London on July 30. With the excitement building after J.K. Rowling released that she would be a part of “The Cursed Child,” it was obvious that there would be a large amount of disappointment and exclusion if only locals and a small amount of fans could attend the performance. It was decided that the script book would be released worldwide, so every Harry Potter fan could experience the magic.
“The Cursed Child” tells the story of 11-year-old Albus Potter, youngest son of Harry Potter. After the end of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” readers assumed all was well in the wizarding world, which was fair to believe since it was actually the last sentence of the last book in the series. So it came as a shock to fans when things had not gone as planned. Where the story begins is with Albus, the “cursed child.” He is frowned upon since he was not sorted into Gryffindor, but Slytherin. In Slytherin, Albus meets who will later be his best friend, Scorpius, son of Draco Malfoy.
Some familiar characters resurface in “The Cursed Child.” I enjoyed the fact that they brought back characters and introduce children of characters readers are familiar with. It made the book feel more familiar and like it really belonged in the series.
This book turned out to be a really amazing read. Originally, the thought of reading it in script book form seemed odd, but it was  interesting and encouraged you, as a reader, to listen to conversations between characters more carefully. You truly experience Albus and Harry’s journey as father and son.

Lily Pope is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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