Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Blessing or Curse?


Christopher Zuckerman, Writer

Years after the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter Saga, written by J.K Rowling, a new book hit the shelves on July 31st of 2016, but is it any good? The play is separated into two parts, each containing two acts and is exactly 320 pages long. The story kicks off right after the end of the Deathly Hallows and delves in deeper to the epilogue presented after the final chapter.

The story follows a young Albus Potter as he deals with the struggle of living in his father’s shadow. The story also introduces new characters, such as the offspring of older characters, as well as having some of the original cast and even some cameos throughout the plot.

The plot of the play introduces some of the scenarios and events from the prior books, but adds a ‘what if’ element to add an extra level of interest. The overall plot is very fun to follow and the characters are well written.  

Both parts are equally as good and the book was definitely a page turner. Christopher Luongo, brother to former student Anthony Luongo stated,”Yes, I liked the book quite a bit. One of the main reasons is because you can definitely imagine Harry and the others saying and doing the things they do in the book. Another reason is the things that happen in the book aren’t so unbelievable that it doesn’t fit within the universe at all, which is sometimes the case with late sequels of movies and books.”

In the end, it was a great experience. Barnes and Noble gave the book a 3.6 out of 5 and Goodreads gave it a 3.9 out of 5. One complaint that has been surfacing around is that the book is not written as a novel, it is written as a script, but overall, the book is a great continuation of the stories written by J.K Rowling, and if you are a fan of Harry Potter, it is a must read.