J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I have to admit that I was sceptical at first. I had never really liked reading plays. Because I like to read books where characters and settings are described.

But I have been a Harry Potter fan ever since I read the first book (which was in 3rd or 4th grade, I believe). So of course I HAD to read this one too. And I am totally thrilled. I loved this book.

The story starts where the last book ends: 19 years after the last big battle against Voldemort. Harry and his friends are back at King’s Cross, ready to send off their kids to Hogwarts. The book covers a time frame of about 4 years. Main character here is not Harry, but his son Albus along with Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius. It starts out with a more or less normal struggle between father and son (Harry and Albus) but then Albus and Scorpius get hold of a time turner …  and manage to turn the world upside down. Of course, we also “meet” well-known characters from the other Harry Potter books who help them on their adventures.

As I already said: I loved this book. It was easy to read, and since I had a quite clear picture of the settings and characters in my mind from the previous books, it does not matter that this book is therefore lacking many detailed descriptions. Since it is a play, and therefore consists more or less only of dialogue, the story line moves on very fast. Still, this book has everything one would expect from another Harry Potter book: Suspense, friendship, a villain who only turns out to be evil during the end, and of couse Harry who has to save the world.

Okay, this last sentence might sound a bit ironic now.. but: I can really really recommend this book and I would say it is a “must-read” for every Harry Potter fan. 🙂

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