Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the cursed child book cover

Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy getting to know beloved characters in a new way in this exciting adventure.

Chapter book, fiction, screenplay
Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 3.9
4 out of 5 stars

Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy getting to know the characters again, 19 years after the original set of stories ended. Harry and his friends are all grown with children of their own.

Young readers who have read the Harry Potter books will enjoy these stories, but Cursed Child is very different from the original novels. Part of the magic of Harry Potter lied in the settings and the rich environment that J.K. Rowling created. Cursed child is written as a screenplay, so descriptions are minimal. Readers must rely on memories to fill in the settings and images of the characters.

One of my favorite moments is between Harry and Dumbledore:

Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the read of humankind, beyond the read 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…Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint…and memory…and love.

Cursed Child will not appeal to all young readers because of the script format, but most readers will enjoy this opportunity to revisit beloved characters and friendships. The script is written for all ages, so there are a few scenes that deal with adults fighting that could concern younger readers. Overall though, the book is for everyone.

Harry Potter and the cursed child: Parts one and two
Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016
ISBN 978-1-33809-913-3

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