Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J. K. Rowling
I decided to leap into reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since I finished the original series. I didn’t want to draw it out. I have mixed feelings about this book, and not because it was a script. I actually didn’t mind the format. However, I learned in reading this that I really don’t like time travel plots: At. All. Now, in the end, I liked the book, but I didn’t enjoy reading it. It was a relief to be finished and know how it ended, because I hated the time traveling angst. That being said, I loved the characters, both old and new, and I loved how they grew and learned and became better people. I’m definitely a fan of J.K. Rowling!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry and Ginny have three children; James, Albus, and Lily. Hermione and Ron have a daughter, Rose. And Draco and his wife have a son, Scorpius. This year is Albus, Rose, and Scorpius’ first year at Hogwarts and Albus is especially nervous about which house he’ll be in, but he’s grateful for Rose and for finding a friend in Scorpius. Spoilers: Albus and Scorpius get sorted into Slytherin while Rose goes to Gryffindor. Albus and Scorpius take no time in becoming fast friends which makes many people unhappy, including Rose, who basically deserts Albus. Albus struggles with being in Slytherin and resents his dad because he’s “the Harry Potter” and he has to live under that shadow. Needless to say, Harry and Albus do not have a great relationship. One day, Harry is approached by Cedric’s father asking if Harry can go back and change things to allow Cedric to live (a Time-Turner was found after they were all thought to have been destroyed). Harry sadly refuses, but Albus overhears and decides to do it himself. He works with Scorpius and Cedric’s cousin, Delphi to sneak into the Ministry of Magic as Hermione (the Minster), Harry (the Head of Magical Law Enforcement), and Ron (Hermione’s husband) in order to steal the Time-Turner. After much hullabaloo, they get it and thus begins a crazy, intense, unsuccessful series of attempts. Albus and Scorpius go back to the Triwizard Tournament multiple times at multiple points. They go back, change events, return to the present to find that Cedric is still dead and their actions altered other events, like Ron and Hermione never getting together and having Rose, and Voldemort not dying. Finally, they realize a few things. There has been a rumor circulating that Scorpius is actually the son of Voldemort. He is not, but Voldemort did father a child before his death: a girl named Delphi! When Albus and Scorpius figure this out, Delphi captures them and leaves them in the past with no Time-Turner. At first they are helpless, but then they start forming a plan. They realize she took them to a few days before Voldemort killed Harry’s parents. They decide they need to get a message to Harry, whom they’re sure by this point will be looking for them. Then Albus remembers that recently Harry tried to reach out to Albus by giving him the only thing he has left of his parents: his baby blanket. Albus was disgusted and threw it, knocking it into a love potion Ron gave him as a joke. He and Scorpius find a reactant to the love potion and write a message on the blanket. Sure enough, in present day Harry finds it and the message. Thankfully, Draco has a secret Time-Turner, so Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Harry, and Draco go back in time to save Albus and Scorpius and distract Delphi so she can’t interfere with history. They suspect that she wants to meet her father because she loves him, so they use that and Harry transforms into Voldemort to take her attention. After a close call, they are able to capture Delphi in order to take her to Azkaban. Then, they watch as Harry’s parents are killed before going back to the present. Albus accepts his place in Slytherin, without shame, and he and his father begin to accept each other and start a better relationship. Albus and Scorpius stay best friends and Rose begins to accept Scorpius instead of hate him. It is such a good ending! I loved it.
Summing it up: I really liked this book and I’m happy to have read it, but I’m glad I’m done with all the angst! I definitely recommend it, but block off a night to read it on one sitting. 😉
All the best, Abbey