Thursday, November 03, 2016
Harry Potter and the cursed child: parts one and two (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne)
The eighth story. Nineteen years later...
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it is not much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Quote: "... there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe."
My thoughts on this book: To begin with, this is a play. Right away it is unlike what we have read so far. However, it is very readable because the dialogue is wonderful. It can be just as easily read like a book.
The plot leaves a little something to be desired. I must admit that I only got into it halfway through. This is not so much about the world and magic, but more about relationships.
It also feels older... The jokes are mostly about growing old and there is a lot of family drama between Harry and his son, Albus.
I found this book to be entertaining, but now would be the time to stop. It was a risky experiment and we should leave this world alone. I really do not want to read about old-age Harry, Ron, and Hermione rolling around in magical wheelchairs.