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The Cursed Child

Best-selling author J.K Rowling released the hard copy version of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31, 2016. Since it has been nine years since Rowling published her last book, Harry Potter fans anxiously awaited the continuation of the series, which has gained massive world-wide popularity. The Cursed Child is a continuation of the original Harry Potter series, but with a twist. Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, tells the story of being the son of a famous wizard. Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy’s son, escalating the rivalry between the two boys fathers. The boys attempt to avenge the death of Cedric Diggory, a character that died in the Goblet of Fire, in spite of their parents. In the climax of the novel, Voldemort and Bellatrix’s illegitimate daughter takes the role as the villain and is later defeated by Harry and his son side-by-side. Although J.K Rowling conceived the idea for the novel, it was written alongside Jack Thorne, a playwright, and John Tiffany, a director. As a result, the book has an altogether different feel and style than any of the previous seven books written by Rowling, so the stage play feels more like a fanfiction than it does the work of its immensely popular author. Not only was the writing style of the book foreign, but the unexpected plot twist of Voldemort having a daughter was unnecessary for a book that tried to fulfill any unanswered questions from the previous series. The original and the extraordinarily imaginative plot, along with the writing style that brought the Rowling’s fictional world to life, popularized the original Harry Potter books. Without them, the Cursed Child fell fat, an irrelevant addendum to a storyline that ended satisfyingly, years ago. The beauty of a series is that it ends to leave just enough of the future of the characters up to the reader’s imagination. While the book still profited immensely and gave Harry Potter fans around the world a chance to re-enter the magical world of a childhood favorite, it read like a run-on sentence, a poorly integrated idea that only weakened the legacy of what is arguably the most impactful series of our generation.

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