A busy and crowded station. This is the first line in Harry Potter and the cursed child, the eighth book in the worldwide phenomenon Harry Potter series and the continuation of where the seventh book left off. If I’m being completely honest I wasn’t completely sure whether I would read this or not because it’s not 100% completely written by J.k Rowling and then I was decided that I had a chance to see where Harry was after all these years and that was all I needed to read it. I don’t regret it at all.
The seventh and eighth actually overlap slightly the epilogue in the seventh book is the first scene of the eighth book, and then we follow Albus as he gets on the train and meets Scorpius Malfoy son of Draco Malfoy; Albus’s Dad’s nemesis. Despite who their families are they soon become best friends, each other’s only friends. Just like his fear was he gets placed in Slytherin with Scorpius and then it flashes different scenes in time until he is in the fourth year at Hogwarts and is completely and utterly miserable. Harry isn’t much happier, he is working at The ministry of magic as head of wizarding law or something along those lines and he has all this paperwork to sort out as well as his problems with Albus it is just a lot to handle. Then on top of all that after twenty-two years in peace, his scar starts hurting and he starts having these dreams of things that never even happened. As the book goes on the plot thickens and it gets better and better by the page.
This is based in a few different places throughout the wizarding world. The first place it is placed is Kings Place where the Hogwarts Express comes. The next place is Hogwarts of course, but then it flashes to Harry and Ginny’s home when Albus is now fourteen years old (my age!) But where wasn’t the only element in this book, the setting of element was also when, during their adventures with the time turner Albus and Scorpius go back to Harry’s fourth year during the Triwizard Tournament, Hallow’s Eve on the 31st of October, 1980 the day Harry’s parents were killed.
A big part of the of this book was the characters, there were a lot of new characters that weren’t even mentioned nor even existed in the last series. Scorpius Malfoy has gone a lot in his life and I think that is part of the reason him and Albus get along so well, his mother has been weak his entire life so when she finally passes away he is left alone with a grieving father. Scorpius was by far my favourite character, he is smart, funny, and ridiculously selfless, like Albus most of the characters has their weakness and I think that’s what truly made them human. One of my favorite lines in the book was when Scorpius was in the future that Voldemort won the war and he was talking to Hermione and they said the same thing at the same time and Ron turns and goes “oh god there is two of them” Another main character was Albus Severus, who is Harry Potter’s middle child and has a hard time living up to the name he was given. A new character who wasn’t a particularly big part of the book was Albus’s cousin Rose Granger-Weasley daughter of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley because in several of the alternate futures Ron and Hermione never get married Rose is never born. I also love the fact that Scorpius has a crush on Rose because his father Draco didn’t particularly like muggle borns and Rose is the daughter of a muggle born and Scorpius has a perfect bloodline (technically speaking).
There were a lot of relationships between the characters in this series. The most prominent one of all though is the one between Harry and his son Albus. They are not very close- at all. Harry has never really understood his son and Albus has never wanted the glory that comes along with being Harry Potter’s son, then again I don’t think Albus ever realises that Harry didn’t want the glory of being Harry Potter either. Another prominent relationship is the friendship of Scorpius and Albus, they click right from the start and become best friends quite quickly. In one of the realities, Harry dies in the war (even writing makes me feel sick) thus never marrying Ginny and Albus not being born, though in this future Scorpius is really popular, and rules Hogwarts, he doesn’t want to be a part of it because Albus wasn’t there. Another great scene was in the beginning of his fourth year when he was coming back to Hogwarts and he got on the train and just gave Scorpius a big hug. The final main relationship between the characters Draco and Harry, in book one to seven Harry and Draco, are arch nemeses’ though it changes in the slightest bit when Harry, Ron, and Hermione save them from the fire in the room of requirements.
A big part of this book is Voldemort- he is in the novel towards the end of the book, Albus and Scorpius get pulled back in time to the day before his parents are killed , and they leave a message for Harry on his baby blanket and they (Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Draco) went back in time to save Scorpius and Draco. He is currently at the present time because even though he is dead his daughter with Bellatrix Lestrange (EW I know!) so part of him is in her, and as long as his daughter has a child herself he will continue to live until his bloodline eventually fades out.
One of Albus Severus’s biggest fear before he went to Hogwarts was that he would get sorted into Slytherin, the house with the worst reputation. Then his fear comes true and he gets sorted into it with Scorpius. There are four houses in Hogwarts; Gryffindor the house for the brave, Ravenclaw the house for the wise, Slytherin the house for the cunning, and Hufflepuff the house for everyone else.
I have read a lot of reviews of this book, and a lot of the complaints were that it was not a good book compared to the rest of the books. What I did though is that I didn’t even try to compare it to the other books, on its own, the book is really good, and I just chose not to compare it to the other books.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in less than five hours. This is the perfect ending to the series, I had questions at the end of the epilogue and these answered all my questions. There is nothing more I love than Harry Potter and it was hard but this was the perfect way for the final goodbye.