Once again, J.K. Rowling and her team of playwrights have delivered an exciting, suspenseful, heart racing, a unputdownable story that has left me sad and broken knowing that this is truly the last that the author will write about the series. The Cursed Child the story that finally puts a little closure into the world of Harry Potter, and a part of me doesn’t want it to end. Reading The Cursed Child was like reading the entire series all over again, with all of the conflicting emotions and surprises along the way.
Taking place 19 years later, Harry reassures his son, Albus Severus Potter that everything will be alright, that going to Hogwarts was the best moment in his life and will be for his son. But whatever assurances Harry gives to his second born turns out to be radically different from Albus’s expectations. Albus, unlike his older brother James, is different and an oddity. Sorted into Slytherin house and befriending Scorpius Malfoy (yes the son of Draco Malfoy), the differences become clearer with each passing year in Hogwarts and drives a wedge between father and son. Eventually, this division between the two leads each character to a dark and dangerous path, one influenced by the cursed child. With both Harry and Albus tricked and deceived, the very existence of the Wizarding World threatened by an unspeakable and dangerous evil. It is only through the lessons that Harry and Albus learn from each other that they can restore the damage they have caused and truly understand each other.
The moment I turned the first page and finally closed the book, there was only one thing that I felt: a lot of emotions that kept me wanting for more. Reading The Cursed Child is like reading Deathly Hallow’s all over again, you want to know how it ends but at the same time you don’t want the story to conclude. All of the elements that make Harry Potter for what it is all there, the excitement, the emotions, the suspense, the twists, and turns are all masterfully executed to give readers an edge of your seat fun.
In the end, The Cursed Child, will leave you wanting. Revisiting old characters, introducing new characters, and going back to your childhood story was magical. Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany certainly made this script an unforgettable and worthwhile experience.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is available in bookstores nationwide.