Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: JK Rowling John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Pages: 347 Pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books UK
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.
Don’t worry folks there will be no spoilers in this review…mainly because if anyone had spoiled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for me I would have thrown a newsworthy hissy fit. Therefore, you are all in safe hands!
Any of you Harry Potter lovers out there will know the utter joy mixed with unadulterated fear that comes with news of new Harry Potter stories. Will they ruin the Harry Potter canon? Will it be another bloodbath? Will I be able to handle the latest story in the series?
These are just a few of the thoughts that ran through my mind when I sat in front of my letter box waiting patiently (not really, I had a massive strop) for the postman who arrived at a reasonable 15:23 (I had been sitting there since 8am – my bum was numb). However, when I opened the book and started reading the first page, I was transported right back into the world of Harry Potter and it felt wonderful. It may seem a really over the top thing to say but it felt like I was going home.
I loved it. I genuinely loved it.
My one regret is that I read the book before seeing the show (which I fully intend to do by hook or by crook) because if the stage production is anything like the world created in my head then it will be amazing.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is available now.
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