Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Alright, so first of all the writing is not what you would expect. The book is written like a script, not a story, with the name first, then the dialogue, and all the movement in italics. It should be noted however that the style of writing in the dialogues is a lot like the language Rowling used, yet still more modern in a way. The script which is written by Jack Thorne is based on a story by J K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

The story itself is both amazing and not expected. Throwing time travel and Voldemort into the mix has certainly yielded some surprising results. Some readers said it was clichéd but most found it original and yet heartwarmingly nostalgic.
Rowling delivers the goods
The story is basically a combination of the best fan fictions out there with an amazing storyline to bind them together. Snape comes back! Harry and Draco become friends! Scorpius is nice! Voldemort has a daughter! Umbridge gets blasted through the air! McGonagall is headmistress! Hermione is Minister for Magic! Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Ron owns Weasleys Wizarding Wheezes! Neville is super important to the future! Time Travel! Harry talks to Dumbledore!

Pardon my fangirling, but these are all the amazing bits in the book.

But keep in mind…

The beginning and the end were a bit stale compared to the middle, seeing as both of them were very rushed. The transition of Albus and Scorpius becoming friends is something that makes more sense on stage rather than in a book, as is the ending, the sudden reveal and the rushed final scene. Remember, if this was a novel, sure, it would be written, but since it was a script, in some places it missed the suspenseful element. Overall, though, it is more than satisfying.

Book review by Dhruv Chandra, Class 8, The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, Gurgaon