First of all, I have to say I think the story is really about Harry and his father/son issues with Albus that you see in the Deathly Hallows episode. Like in any Harry Potter book, there\’s the Dark side everyone good is going to fight against in the end and there are the themes that J.K. Rowling likes to write about ; friendship, loyalty, honesty.
A mix of all the things you learn in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– Albus, Harry\’s son that\’s in the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Epilogue, who\’s afraid of being sorted in Slytherin, gets sorted in Slytherin. He becomes best friends with Scorpius Malfoy, Draco\’s son, and as a consequence, Rose, Hermione and Ron\’s daughter, stops talking to him during several years.
A pleasure for everyone
I also think it was a great idea to offer several realities in the book, given how many fanfics have been written after the saga was – supposedly – over. There\’s a reality where Harry works at the Ministry of Magic, Ron is running the joke shop, Hermione is Minister for Magic and Ginny has the Daily Prophet\’s sports pages.
On the other hand, and since time turners are used much in the book, there\’s another Dark reality where there\’s a Voldemort Day. Dolores Umbridge is Hogwarts\’ Headmistress, Lucius works at the Ministry, Cedric Diggory is a Death Eater, Harry is dead, Draco is dark, Scorpius is popular and is called the Scorpion King, Albus is in Gryffindor, Hermione, Snape and Ron are all that\’s left of Dumbledore\’s Army and Hermione is wanted. In this reality, Ron is married to Padma Patil and they have a son, Panju.
There, I see a will from the authors to please everyone and I\’ve loved discovering these distortions of the Magical world.
Harry Potter, and still not so much Harry Potter
I really liked this book, even just for that, while the story wasn\’t going anywhere sometimes, or so I think. I\’m trying to not forget that it\’s suposed to be a script before it was released as the sequel of the saga – I think it\’d be amazing to watch as a play, the stage directions sometimes got me like \”How are they even going to set this up ?!\”, for instance the scenes with the time turner or the Avada Kedavra scenes with the bright green flash.
I enjoyed this book – mildly enjoyed – but the script format bothered me a bit : I\’d have enjoyed a ninth book much more than this play that\’s over too fast and that is too different from what I\’m used to. I think the fact that there are three writers must be very important in this difference, I do find J.K. Rowling\’s touch but there are characters I don\’t recognize anymore, like Draco or Ron. They seem much too different from the last book and that bothers me.
I still can\’t figure if there\’s a dimension to this release other than money, because honestly the crumbs of Harry Potter that are sent our way won\’t feed me full… This is a must-read for any Potterhead just to know what\’s been happening in the Magical World. This is a must-read for anyone who just buys any new book that\’s released off Amazon. But I\’m still hungry… Have you read this book ? What did you think of it ? As a Potterhead, are you disappointed, satisfied with it ?