“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany – A review

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” came on July 31 with huge number of printing, i.e. about 4.5 million copies as noted by The New York Times. This is clearly showing the optimism of publisher, and they are right because the play is a huge blockbuster with sales of more than two million hardcover copies in the first two days.

The play is the eighth book in the Harry Potter series, but the book has been presented in a different style as well as form. Jack Thorne, a playwright, wrote the play with input from J. K. Rowling, developer of the series, and John Tiffany, play’s director. This is actually confusing for many readers, who think that the book is a novel; it is actually a script, a rehearsal script. Another thing that is confusing is the title of the book, i.e. the book is more about the son of Harry Potter rather than Harry Potter himself.

The book version of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is actually the script of the play opened in London. It starts where the last novel “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ended in 2007, and this could be thirst-quenching for fans as they could see some of their favorite characters. The play tells a story after 19 years of the Battle of Hogwarts; when Harry Potter, who is now a father and working as a civil servant at the Ministry of Magic, sees his own teenage son Albus off to Hogwarts. The plot tells the efforts of Albus to deal with the overpowering expectations that may come with having a well-known father. So, the story is about Albus’s growth and his friend Scorpius (who is Draco Malfoy’s son).

Although the book came about a decade after the official end of the series, it has divided the readers into two groups. Many readers are not happy with the book and say that they are probably misled by the presence of the name of Ms. Rowling on the book.

“This is NOT a Harry Potter book I frankly feel disgusted even adding it to the collection,” one disappointed fan noted on Amazon. “It reads like a poorly written fan fiction.”

On the other hand, many other readers are happy, “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is one such magical, lovely story that I have no doubt in the hands of Thorne and Tiffany will be even more entertaining,” a fan noted on Amazon. “And for that, WE have JK Rowling to thank.”

Overall, the book is good to read and a fan of Harry Potter can go through the book within no time.

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics, in Hajvery University, Lahore, Pakistan.