“Harry Potter Et L’Enfant Maudit” – John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Or, in English “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child”. There is nothing to review – the book is as brilliant as all other Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

On a serious note, I did really enjoy the play. I thought the authors made an excellent use of the Harry Potter world originally created by Rowling and skillfully brought it in the Harry Potter’s adult life. There was time travel, references to the well-known episodes from the past such as the Tournament of Three Sorcerers where Cedric was killed and some past coming to present through, for example, Albus Dumbledore coming from his portrait and reminiscing about the past and the future with Harry.  The story also did not lack suspense and unexpected turns of events that we are familiar with from the original novels by Rowling.

What was the most interesting part of the book for me is a shift in Harry’s character. This was the first time that Harry Potter was more human and vulnerable. In the previous novels, I could guess what he was feeling and what he was struggling with from the subtle hints and details. There was always some mystery about his emotions that never got revealed for me and that’s what partly made the Rowling’s books so exciting.

In the play, for the first time, Harry talks about his fears, for example. And what adds to his “humanity” is a layer of a complicated relationship with his son, Albus and his parenthood struggles. Harry suddenly became even closer than ever to me.

I really did enjoy “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” and I felt lost in the reading for hours forgetting about time and turning one page after the other. I guess this is what matters most.

P.S. This is also the first book that I read in French without any dictionary.

 

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