Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne and based on an original plot by J.K. Rowling, serves as the eighth novel in the series. It is in fact the script for a play, so it is quite different from reading a traditional novel. However, this novel is part of the official universe of the series. In the Cursed Child, the story takes place nineteen years after the conclusion of the last book. The reader gets to follow an adult Harry Potter, who now has a successful career. The main character, however, is Harry’s son, Albus Severus. Albus is quite different from his father, and serves as a polar opposite of him. There is also Scorpius, Albus’ best friend, and Delphi Diggory, cousin of a familiar character from the original books. All these characters soon become involved in the forces of evil, and must undo their mistakes. The Cursed Child delivers a lot of fan service for longtime fans, and introduces it to a new generation.
In the novel, there are many recurring themes and, of course, a fascinating location. The wizarding world is as entrancing as ever. However, we see less of it than in the other books, mostly due to the shorter length of this one. Secondly, The Cursed Child brings messages never seen in the Harry Potter series. The strongest is that of the relationship between Harry and his son. It is very realistic and they have very problematic issues between them. Not only does the story deal with the larger threat at hand, but it also deals with the normal problems between father and son. It is touching and brings emotional layers that benefit it.
I do suggest that you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but only if you’re a familiar fan. Although it can serve as an introduction, I don’t think it does the series justice. It is also held down by its format as a script, and its short length. Comparing it to the original books, it does take some getting used to.
I did like the new themes that came through, as well as being brought back to this world, but only because I read the previous books. Even after reading, I felt a bit dissatisfied with what it could have been.
My rating is 6.5/10.