Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


I’m certainly not the first.. and definitely not the last to talk about this latest one from J K Rowling (along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne). Unlike the earlier books in the Harry Potter franchise(the 7 books and the Hogwarts library collection), this one is actually in the form of a play script. And as one friend pointed it out, no one and no story can pull out such a hit out of a script but Harry Potter. Such is the love, such is the adoration, such is Harry Potter. Right from when it was announced that a new book is gonna be released, the excitement surrounding that was too huge to put into words. And for a Potterhead like me, the joy knew no bounds. And I preordered the book. Obviously.

All that aside, what does this book have? Why must you read it? (A Potterhead will read it, come what may). What does it have for the not-so-maniacal followers of the HP franchise?I am not going to let any spoilers out. Don’t worry.

I am not going to let any spoilers out. Don’t worry.

The book begins where the epilogue of deathly hallows left us. Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione sending off their kids to Hogwarts, with Harry’s youngest starting his first year. The script takes you through the lives of the next generation – how they are faced with the burden of having famous parents, how they have to live up to the expectations of the entire wizarding community, how your every move is watched, and how, sometimes, no matter what you do, the past never lets go of you. Though dealing mostly with the younger ones, it does touch upon the turmoil the trio faces in raising their children, particularly Harry’s parental woes. Your heart really goes out to him. Whatever Harry does seems to go wrong.

All seems to be normal in the wizarding world after the Battle of Hogwarts until one day a strange artifact surfaces- one that was supposed to have been destroyed ages back. And the lightning shaped scar starts hurting.. after 22 years!!

Is Voldemort back? Did some part of him survive? Is there another Horcrux we didn’t know about? The plot can’t get better than this, can it?

Well, apparently it can. And it does!

Though the Cursed child is no full book, many questions you had towards the end of deathly hallows get answered here. It is almost like a tying up of loose ends. I found myself weeping like a baby at a few places.

All through the course of the 330 odd pages, one phrase of Dumbledore kept reverberating through my head- “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be“. Or should I go all Nolan on you and say- “It is not who you are underneath but what you do that defines you“.

And the big question – who is the Cursed child? JKR has done a brilliant job there. It can be you, it can be me, it can be anyone running away from a bad past or a legacy they never asked for but have been entrusted with.

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Dumbledore gives another gem of a quote


So what are you waiting for? Go grab the book!

Favourites from the book:

Line– Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe (Another gem from Dumbledore!)

Character– Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. But one can never forget Harry Potter! 🙂

Takeaways– Leave the past in the past, and never mess with time!!


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