Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. – Goodreads, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
*Note: Eden, Caitlynn and Jenn did their discussion on this book after having several glasses of wine.
Eden: I enjoyed HP and the Cursed Child. It was a nice quick read and it was nice to have a new Harry Potter book back in my hands after nine years. My expectations going into this book were crazy low and I think that was partially why I liked it as much as I did. It was also nice to get an idea for some of the children of our favorite characters. 4/5 stars. Was definitely worth the read.
Caitlynn: I was so happy when I read this book. I love HP and reading the script just made it so much better for me. I loved every second of it and the story kept me waiting to see what was going to come next! I liked that it wasn’t just a retelling of Harry’s time at Howard’s through his children. 4.5/5 stars for me!
Jenn: I really really enjoyed this book. I had low expectations going into it. I think that really helped me to like it more. It surpassed every expectation I had tenfold. This was a great addition to the Wizarding World. I enjoyed meeting some of my favorite characters again as their adult counterparts. Overall, if you haven’t read it you need to pick it up. 4/5 stars.
DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.
Eden: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. What did you guys think?
Jenn: I liked it!
Caitlynn: I loved it!
Jenn: I liked it but I wasn’t ecstatic about it.
Caitlynn: I loved it because it made my life so much easier because I love dialogue and don’t care so much for description.
Jenn: I saw a lot of the things that happened coming so it wasn’t mysterious enough. But I did enjoy it.
Caitlynn: It was so mysterious for me. I’d never expected anything. I was so confused when Delphi turned against them.
Jenn: How dare you!
Eden: I actually wasn’t confused when Delphi didn’t turn against them because of what Delphi means in Greek mythology.
Caitlynn: Wait. What does Delphi mean in Greek myth?
**Eden rambles for a minute because she’s struggling to explain the Oracle of Delphi. The next morning Eden remembered — while showering — that the Oracle of Delphi was an ominous figure in Greek mythology that often gave vague and misleading fortunes.**
Jenn: I liked that their children had different personalities even though they had specific traits that alluded to who their parents were.
Caitlynn: Ok. Who found it weird that he named both of his children after his mother and father?
Jenn: No one.
Eden: Ok, but who found it weird that Albus was hooking up with Hermione at one point?
Jenn: That was awful. That was fucked up!
Eden: Well yeah. It was his aunt!
Jenn: I feel like there’s a lot of hard points that they had to pull off in the play. How do they get sucked into the library in the play? How do they do that? How do they do that?!
Caitlynn: Yeah like how do they do Engorgio?
Eden: It does seem tricky.
Eden: Thoughts on Snape?
Caitlynn: It made me want to cry.
Jenn: I didn’t.
Eden: I thought it was really annoying.
Jenn: I didn’t find it annoying I just thought it was unnecessary.
Eden: I thought, and this is probably not accurate, but it was like they were just trying to make Snape a better person than he actually was.
Jenn: Well that has been JKR’s goal since the last book.