Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Year of Publication: 2016
The Eighth book of the Harry Potter series is a script of a play. Plays are more real and intense in terms of the act when performed, but reading them is a simple task.
The Two parts in Four acts sum up the entire Harry Potter and The Cursed Child which is a plot based more in the form of a small motion picture where the past is pondered upon as a nostalgia.
The story begins from the Platform Nine and Three Quarters where Harry & Ginny Potter are sending their kids to Hogwarts, the same scene on which the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows ended.
The story is a time turner for readers to experience nostalgia of the important events that happened for Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco in their growing years in one aspect and for their kids Albus, Harry’s son and Scorpion, Draco’s son who manage a mischief by going back in time through the time turner.
The Triwizard tournament where Cedric Diggory lost his life becomes a clue point for the young boys to correct something which they feel Harry had done wrong. The attempt of going back in time to turn events so that the current is better for one, is a mistake which is a human folly as well.
As Dumbledore had said to Harry once, “No spell can reawaken the dead, Harry.”
The same is experienced in this book through the adventure which the young boys experience.
The beautiful aspect of the book are its choice of characters which have been selectively selected. These are the ones who touched our hearts in both good and bad ways during the journey from the 1st to the 7th book.
The book seems more of a tribute to these characters who stayed as an army even if the battle was over. One can find characters like Severus Snape, Moaning Myrtle, Neville Longbottom and Professor Mcgonagall having their due presence in the book.
Also negative characters like Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort have their due share and relationship. A daughter from the unison of the two – Delphi, is the evil spirit here who is supposedly the cursed child.
As a feminist reader, to me Delphi appeared as a combination of both good and bad. She wishes to meet her father once, before he attacks James & Lily Potter at Godric Hollow and wished to warn him how this action of his will lead to a suffering and eventual death in the 17 years.
On the other hand, allowing Delphi—The Daughter to be the child of Voldemort is a sign of tolerance, power and passion which a woman holds. She has the ability to make herself equipped with self-knowledge and become powerful enough to be an equivalent of someone who was considered the most powerful.
But since everything which is negative has to come to an end for a moral climax, the play held its events synced.
For all those who believe in love, friendship and togetherness – Magic will never fade away from them.
Draco & Hermione couldn’t become the lovers they could have become, but their progeny Scorpion and Rose did show some sparks of Love as the book ends.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a perfect nostalgia where one reflects on the past, its actions in the present and its repercussions in the future. Those who learn and evaluate can make a life which is devoid of any turbulence and has only warmth to share.