I am a very very lucky girl. Not only do I have a boyfriend who is appreciative and supportive of my book addiction, he also knows exactly what to get me for my birthday. I was ecstatic to have him come over and give me this book, because I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I’ve been DYING to read this play! Even though it isn’t a traditional novel, J.K. Rowling has written it (along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne) and I’ve heard only good things about it. I sat down with this novel and finished it off in one sitting because it was too enticing to put away! Here is my review:
Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter finds himself facing a new challenge: balancing work at the Ministry of Magic with a family life. Raising children is hard in any circumstance, but it becomes that much harder when there is a legacy to deal with. For Albus Potter, being Harry’s son is the worst punishment of all. He is nothing like his father and doesn’t want the burden of being the son of the Chosen One. Neither father nor son could ever have imagined the consequences that arise from hiding away one’s darkest secrets…
I loved this story. I loved every character and the blending of this story with the Harry Potter series as a whole. It is important as a reader to recognize this as a play rather than a novel; the degree of depth we associate with the books in the series cannot be fully achieved in this format. Rowling and the other two authors still do an admirable job of portraying the depth of emotion of all of the characters, so it was still an amazing story to read. A few characters could have been developed a tad bit further and some aspects of the storyline could have been worked a little more, but I could definitely imagine how the play would turn out in my head (and it looked pretty fantastic)! All in all, I am so glad this play was released and that I was able to read it. If you love Harry Potter, go get this book! And go watch the play! And if you’ve watched the play, please tell me how it was because I haven’t seen it and I don’t know when I will! I’d love to hear your thoughts so comment below!
Happy reading ~