Harry Potter sequel casts a spell of disappointment

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by Becky Shumar–

If you’re expecting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be the “floo powder” that takes you back to a familiar land of magic and adventure, you’ll be very disappointed. The book is the script for a play in London, written by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling. It’s obvious the book is not strictly a Rowling masterpiece because it lacks continuity with the seven previous books in the series. However, despite the book being written in script format, it is an easy read.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up right where the last chapter of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, leaves off. But that’s about the only familiar part of the entire book. The original main characters, Hermione, Harry and Ron, have key parts in the plot. However, their personalities are virtually unrecognizable.

The book’s main character is Albus Potter, Harry Potter’s youngest son. Albus appears to be the opposite of Harry, which creates a strained relationship between him and his famous hero father. Albus and his father’s interactions paint a negative picture of the celebrated Harry Potter. The nostalgia of Wizarding World of Harry Potter is tainted by this lackluster sequel, which changes the way fans will view beloved characters.

However, if you think of this book as something separate from the original series it is actually entertaining. Albus travels back in time and ends up facing some of the same villains as Harry did in the previous books. But the authors could have spent more time developing the plot. Each scene is rushed and time flies in the blink of an eye. The first quarter of the book takes readers through three years of school, paying very little attention to detail.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets three out of five stars. It was enjoyable for a one time read, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again. Readers must separate the book from the original Harry Potter series or they won’t be able to appreciate the story.

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