If you miss the adventure of Harry Potter and J.K Rowling’s writing style, brace yourself, the last book of the series is here and it is amazing! Written as a play, it was a collaboration between Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Although I was a bit skeptical about the “foreign” influence, I was amazed by the result. Careful, there are spoiler alerts in the review!
Nineteen years after the events from the last book: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows, The Cursed Child book starts with the adult lives of Harry Potter that is now married to Ginny Weasley and has 3 kids: James, Lily and Albus Severus, Ron and Hermione, that are also married and have a girl named Rose, that is the same age as Albus. And Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy, that is in the same year at Hogwarts as the Rose and Albus.
The three “old” stars are now working and living their adult lives, Harry and Hermione are Ministers of Magic and Ron has his own business. But the focus will not be on them this time, but on Albus and Scorpius. Both of them got selected in the Slytherin house and are now best friends, having more in common than anyone had thought. Albus is going through a tough childhood and thinks Harry cannot understand him, nor the fact that he is not the “hero” that his dad used to be. Scorpius is accused of being Voldemort’s child and is facing the rejection and the gossip of the entire school.
The plot of the book is given when the Minister of Magic takes hold of a time turner, hearing about this the father of Cedric Diggory, Amos, comes to Harry’s house along with his niece Delphi, to beg him to bring his son back. Harry obviously refuses, but little does he know that his son heard the conversation and will try to make things right along with Scorpius and Delphi.
Using the Polyjuice Potion the three of them steal the time turner from Hermione and start an adventure of trying to change the past. They will soon find out that changing the past has severe consequences.
Going back to the Triwizard Tournament they try to prevent Cedric from passing the first two challenges, so that he will not get into the third one with Harry. The time turner only allows them to remain 5 minutes into the past and each time they come back they found a different reality. First time they come back they found out that Ron and Hermione are not together, Rose was never born and Cedric is still dead. The second time they manage to save Cedric’s life, but he turns into a death eater, kills Neville Longbottom before the battle of the Hogwarts and since he was the one to kill Nagini, the battle is lost, Harry is killed, Albus in never born and Voldemort is the one ruling now. Scorpius is facing a different time, where he is among the popular ones and is respected by the entire school, although the perspective is tempting, he remains faithful to his friend, goes back to the Tournament and prevents the saving of Cedric’s life.
When they arrive back to the current time, they find out that Delphi is not Amos Diggory’s niece, but the daughter of Voldemort, who is using the two of them to bring her father back. She takes them back to the night Harry’s parents were killed to prevent her father from trying to hill baby Harry. When arriving she destroys the time turner, blocking them all in the past.
All of this time, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco, learn about the kid’s adventures and try to find them. Albus sends a message to his father using the blanket that Harry had as a child and using a time turner that Draco owned they go back in time to the night when Harry got his scar.
All of them manage to defeat Delphi, by turning Harry into Voldemort using the Polyjuice Potion. Together they capture her without interrupting the events from that night and all come back safely home. Albus and Harry manage to put their difference aside, Scorpius tries out for Quidditch and asks Rose out, Delphi is send to Azkaban Prison for life and Harry finally goes to Cedric’s grave to ask for forgiveness.
The book is extremely easy to read and almost impossible to let go of your hand before the last page. I have loved the Harry Potter series and reading this last book only made me want to go through them again, I am already planning a movie marathon in the next weekend!