By JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.
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.
When I first heard about this I wasn’t that excited, because to me it seemed like something that was not needed in the Harry Potter series. However, as the day came, I realized I must go out and buy it and read it immediately!
The book starts with the epilogue from book 7, which brings you right back into this world. Overall, I think there is a lot here meant to please the fans, as it revolves around Cedric’s death and brings back Snape and Dumbledore to an extent. When I realized this would be a time traveling adventure, I was surprised. I love time traveling stories. This was one of the elements that JK Rowling introduced early on in the series to then never use again, and I always thought that was a waste.
My favourite new character was, to my delight, Scorpius Malfoy. Albus reminded me a lot of Harry and I felt slightly irritated by him, as I always was with Harry.
The idea of using time traveling to correct an unjust death was intriguing, and the paralel worlds it created were just as interesting. I would have liked to have spent more time on them, and really get to explore the differences they presented.
Which brings me to my main problem with this book, which is that it isn’t really a book, it’s a play. The concept is good, the characters, both new and old, are great, and the ending is appropriately happy and final. However, so many things were rushed. The main antagonist, Delphi, didn’t really feel like a whole character, and it was pretty obvious to me from the start that she would end up being Voldemort’s daughter.
I knew what I was getting though, and this book left me satisfied. The climax during the night Voldemort kills Harry’s parents was incredibly emotional and well done.
I’m content with this as an ending if we never hear of Harry Potter again. But I think it would be a shame to never go back to this world again. At every point in time, someone – anyone – needs to be up to no good.
4 hearts out of 5