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.
I have to start by saying I can completely understand and sympathise with the anger surrounding this book. I can’t imagine being part of the Harry Potter fandom your whole life, find out she’s releasing another book….and it’s a play. Whoop.
But I’m very fortunate to say I never saw it that way. I knew this book would be a play. I treated it very much like a novella. And I loved it.
“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry.”
This book gives Harry Potter fans something fresh and new. It’s a long time since the last of the series came out, and this is a great way to cast our minds back and feel the nostalgia. I loved reading about the group as adults, as well as having a touch of the cast as they were young but in a different mindset. I found the dialogue entrancing and the play format very easy to read, a very different experience to reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
“There are things that death cannot touch.”
It only took me a couple of days to read this, and I felt the magic and anticipation just as I did when I read the original series. For Harry Potter fans like me, reading this will make you feel comforted. It’s definitely something to go into with a different mindset, and if you can it’s definitely best to read this with a clean slate in mind, and no expectations.
I went in feeling like that, and it made reading this script feel like coming home.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽