Just like millions of others around the world, I’m a Harry Potter fan. I have been since I was a child when I would watch Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret every single day just because. In fact, you could say, in my younger years, I was a bigger Harry Potter fan than I was a Star Wars fan.
Over the years, my love for Star Wars has grown but that has never dimmed the affection I have for the story of The Boy Who Lived. I have watched every movie at least three times. I’ve seen the first three films too many times to count. I’ve even watched the first two Fantastic Beasts movies more times than I should have but guess what, I’m a fan! So finally, for Christmas, my sister got me a gift I didn’t see coming. She got me the novel for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
As I picked up the book and began to read I found myself at first a bit bored, as I expected the story to go one way when in fact, the story took a steep left turn that totally took me by surprise and didn’t let go.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lives up to its name, delivering all of the suspense and darkness the title seems to promise. There are some shocking secrets revealed, the tension is at an all-time high, and the writing totally sucked me in, bringing me tremendous anxiety and to tears at the same time.
This book is nothing like I imagined and I’m so relieved that I never thought to Google the story of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, thus spoiling the surprise because the book was perfect.
As I sat around, unable to put the book down with wide eyes and short bursts of panting and silent (well, not that silent) hyperventilating, I couldn’t help imagining how wonderful the play probably was and how I definitely would’ve been one of those people in the audience doing quite a bit of crying during the story’s most emotional moments.
I was so moved by the end of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that when I finished I just sat back, let out a long breath, and silently thanked the writers for making a story so profoundly perfect to continue and complete Harry Potter’s story.
This was what I thought the Sequel Trilogy was going to be. A profound continuation that helped build on the foundation of the old story to inject life into a new generation of heroes. It was at first but it got lost in the weeds when different minds tackled a single story and tore it to shreds. Maybe if it had only been two movies instead of a trilogy it would’ve been better handled.
Uh-oh, I’m losing track and I’m starting to complain about a whole other franchise. All in all, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is everything I wanted it to be and more. If you’ve never read it like me but happen to like the Harry Potter movies I suggest you check it out. It’s very much a must-read.
I’m giving 5 out of 5 stars. What can I say? It was perfect from start to finish.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.