By now, most muggles will know that the highly anticipated Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was released over the weekend.
We popped along to Ireland’s oldest bookshop Hodges Figgis for the midnight launch.
We arrived shortly after the doors opened at 10p.m. and the place was packed! There was quizzes, Quidditch, face-painting and a band to entertain the crowd as we queued. It was really lovely to see so much excitement amongst people of all ages!
It had been a busy day for us so by the time I got home, I was actually way too exhausted to do anything but fall in to bed! However when I did settle down with the script the next morning, I was hooked from the first page…
The Cursed Child picks up where the last book ended — it’s nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwart’s and Harry Potter is a married man and father of three. This story focuses primarily on Harry’s middle child, Albus Severus, and his struggle to deal with his family’s legacy. We’re introduced to a number of new characters and a few familiar faces pop up too. Without wanting to reveal too much, it’s an interesting and emotional story of how the young son of the famous Harry Potter learns to understand the world he is growing up in (page 209, in particular, totally got to me!).
The Cursed Child has received mixed reviews so far but I personally really enjoyed it. There were a couple of things that I did question but for the most part, it’s a fairly satisfying conclusion to the series (assuming that this definitely is the end!).
What’s important to know is that The Cursed Child is a play, not a novel and this book is a hardback edition of the script. It’s obviously a very different format from the previous books but it’s still entertaining and easy to take in.
This story is a result of a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The stage production of The Cursed Child premiered in London’s West End on 30 July 2016, the day before the release of the book. It was recently announced that another batch of tickets for the play will go on sale this Thursday 4th of August so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get the chance to see this story on stage!