I read the 8th Harry Potter book..

Frogner, Oslo, Norway

And in this blogpost you will get my honest opinion about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The book was just out in Norway one day, and my hubby bought it for me the day after. I didn't expect to get my hands on it that soon! I was extremely thankful, and excited to start reading.

I got the book just before I went for a weekend to Copenhagen, so the perfect occassion to read it during the long (8hr) bus journey from Oslo to CPH.

The layout of the book is yellow/orange with black, and I find it looks more classy than the other Harry Potter books. I got the book in hardcover, which makes it easy to hold while reading.

If you haven't read the book yet, you might wanna skip reading the next part, as it might contain spoilers.

The story is actually a transcript from the corresponding stage play which just came out in theaters. Therefore, there isn't much text on each of the pages, while the book itself looks pretty thick. The play is written in two parts, by Jack Thorne in collaboration with John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling.

In the play we see Harry, Ron and Hermione as adults - working for the Ministry of Magic, and their children going to Hogwarts. Harry's youngest son, Albus, got - against all odds - sorted into Slytherin. There he becomes friends with Scorpius Malfoy - the son of Draco Malfoy. Albus feels left out by everyone around him, except Scorpius. He wants to impress his father by doing something heroic - bringing back Cedric Diggory from death. When the Ministry confisqated the last timeturner of the wizard world -to destroy them once and for all- Albus and Scorpius manage to steal it by using Polyjuice Potion. With the timeturner they travel back to the time of the last Triwizard Tournament, where Cedric died and Harry won. (Book 4, The Goblet of Fire)

But by changing the past, they also change the present - with disastreous consequences.

The characters are in my opinion not  portayed very deeply - as you would usually expect in any other Harry Potter book. We don't see much of the persons' thoughts and what is going on inside their minds. This I find rather logical, as the book is after all just the written version of the stage play. The characters who we get to know the most about are Albus and Scorpius.

My final judgement on this book:
As a Harry Potter fan, I found it fantastic to hear that book number 8 would be coming out. I knew it was gonna be a stage play transcript, so I was not disappointed with the amount of text on the pages. I think this book gives you a great idea of how the play is - and it is ideal for those who are not able to go to the theater and see the play on stage any time soon (like me). In the beginning I had to get used to reading it in script-form, but after some pages I really got into the story and didn't mind the script-form anymore.

The story is surprising and thrilling, like in the previous Harry Potter books. This is a book that makes you wanna read it all in one breath.

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? What did you think about it? Leave me a comment, I'm curious!

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