It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
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…
The 8th book which is the continuation of the Harry Potter saga, is a script book. So, if you’re expecting to read a voluminous 700-page book, you are going to be disappointed!
Rest assured, this book is a real magic. Even in the form of a script the book is hard to restrain. So, if you’re a Potterhead, a small heads-up – the book has a surprise for you (turn to page 209).
The book as such is no different when compared with its successors. It is warm, vivid and of course it smells great. The cover is gold in colour with a short preface on the left as soon as you open it. And, as for the book, it is black with gold inscriptions. It is not really heavy, so you can actually read it in any position (or I don’t know, I read it in a hustle)
The best thing about the book is that you get to see your favourite characters spring back to life again. You can actually enjoy the first time reading experience all over again.
The play picks up at the books’ epilogue, where Harry and his family go to Kings cross to send off their kids. Albus Severus is worried that he might be sorted into Slytherin and to his greatest fear he actually is. In the book, it is a sweet moment of Harry assuring his son that the sorting hat would actually consider his opinion but in the play, that is the last moment where you’d see Harry have a sane conversation with son (or at least till you finish the first part).
Albus’s only friend is the son of his father’s old school rival, Scorpius Malfoy. Now, Scorpius is my new favourite Harry Potter character.
Albus learns that his dad is in possession of a time turner. Together, Albus and Scorpius embark on a quest to change the fate of Cedric Diggory. But, then every time they travel back in time they only create irreplaceable damage. The story is about they overcome everything and stabilize their life. And, exactly when you think everything is settled, Harry’s scar starts to hurt. The rest is for you to read from the book.
There are some places where one might feel that Rowling’s magic is awoled, but just as that creeps your mind something mind blowing happens and that is the element of surprise! (page 209 again)
What aches my heart a little is that there is no mention of Ted, Luna, George, Hugo or Hagrid. What these people are up to currently is another big question mark (except Hugo). But then apart from all this, the book is a real treat after 9 years!
Oh! my Dumbledore! I just can’t wait to watch the play!