By Shruti Vairagkar (LT Howden)
Potterheads did their waiting. Nine years of it. Harry Potter and Cursed Child, the eighth (and perhaps the final) book in the Harry Potter saga released to much fanfare and anticipation on July 31st which is also Harry Potter and his creator, J K Rowling’s birthday. This book, unlike its predecessors is in fact a script of the stage play and not a narrated story. Also, J K Rowling was joined by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany in writing the story on which the play is based.
The book starts from where Deathly Hallows left off. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Draco are now parents who are seeing off their children at Platform 9¾. Albus is anxious about the house he will be sorted into. Harry’s scar hasn’t hurt in 19 years. As the Hogwarts Express leaves for its destination, the excitement of the unfolding story is palpable.
Without revealing spoilers to those who are yet to read it, let me simply say that the storylines of the two generations unfold simultaneously over the course of a few years with frequent interaction between them. Some scenes are very similar to those from the novels giving the reader a sense of déjà vu. These throwbacks involving the younger generation is successful in making one nostalgic of the original trio. It also reveals back stories and details of some of the minor characters like the Trolley Witch and Moaning Myrtle among others.
Like any Harry Potter book, this one too makes you laugh, gasp with shock, and shed a few tears. It is an endearing story covering the journey to school, being social misfits, parenting, and most of all, love. And like any Harry Potter book, it is not without its plot-holes. Let’s be honest, the HP universe is complicated. It would take a writer like JKR to avoid these lapses in narration (e.g. the use and brewing of Polyjuice Potion in the end, and a couple of other instances which would qualify as spoilers).
If you have missed new content from the HP universe, do get your hands on this one. A word of caution though – keep your expectations on the lower side as it may not be quite as thrilling as the original works by J K Rowling.