indexOverall rating: 5/5

As any Potterhead will tell you, getting your hands on a new Harry Potter is like Christmas morning. It’s better than Christmas morning because you can reread it whenever you want. I ignored homework to read this book and had to hide it at times to make sure I actually got my work done.

Nineteen years after the final epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is where The Cursed Child picks up, mainly following Harry Potter’s son, Albus. Fans are given little tidbits into what’s happened during this time, including marriages, deaths, jobs, children and how students at Hogwarts learned about the war and those involved.

After a bad fight with Harry, Albus overhears Amos Diggory begging for Harry to go back and save his son, Cedric. When Harry refuses, claiming that there’s no Time Turners left, Albus takes it upon himself to go back and save Cedric. Along with his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, Albus attempts to save him.First, the boys have to find the one remaining Time Turner that the Ministry has, which entails breaking into the Minster of Magics office. The new Minister just happens to be Hermione Granger, who does not make it easy for the boys.

First, the boys have to find the one remaining Time Turner that the Ministry has, which entails breaking into the Minster of Magics office. The new Minister just happens to be Hermione Granger, who does not make it easy for the boys. After getting the Turner, the boys realize that it can only take them back for five minutes at a time. While attempting to save Cedric, the pair manages to change the present and results in Harry’s death. One alternate reality has Snape alive, and Hermione and Ron as public enemy number one.

Albus’ and Scorpius’ attempts to help only lead to the confirmation that Voldemort’s child is manipulating them, and the boys unknowingly lead her back to Godric’s Hallow on the night Harry’s parents are killed. Even though everyone wants to prevent Harry’s parents from being murdered again, everyone experiences the impact of the deaths that turned Harry into the Chosen One.

Being in script form was a little strange, but it made the book easier to read for me. I flew through a quarter of the book in like 15 minutes, and that was when I realized I needed to slow done if I was going to enjoy it. I would have rather had more information on what had happened to characters I liked, and how the war was taught. But, it was still an amazing story I really want to see on stage now.

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