Rowling into bookstores all over the US is the newest release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (see what I did there: Rowling instead of rolling?). This new book is the script of the new stage play, which is based on the original “Harry Potter” story. The play, written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, premiered on July 30, 2016 and the book was released the next day, July 31. The book sold 2 million copies in the first 48 hours of its release.
Many Potterheads waited in long lines to get a copy of the eighth story of the series, and ranges of mixed emotions have hit the Internet. The play is set 19 years after the fight against You Know Who and Harry Potter. Harry is married to Jenny Weasley, has three children, and works for the Ministry of Magic. His son Albus hates being the son of “the boy who lived” and tries to find his purpose. Some fans were excited to read more about the life of Harry Potter after his final battle with Voldemort, while others were greatly disappointed in Rowling for licensing out the beloved franchise.
Some fans, like New York Times reporter Michiko Kakutani, reviewed the play as “a compelling, stay-up-all-night read.” His review of the book said, “the suspense here is electric and nonstop, and it has been cleverly constructed around developments recalling events in the original Potter novels.” Kakutani’s review says that even though the book with the script is different from the books, it is still a good read and is a fun way to enjoy the series from a new perspective. He compares certain parts in the new book and play to scenes from the original seven books. The review can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/books/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-review.html.
Other people hated the book because they thought it was another book by J.K. Rowling, not a script from a play based on the Harry Potter series. “This is NOT a Harry Potter book, I frankly feel disgusted even adding it to the collection,” one Amazon user wrote, “It reads like a poorly written fan fiction.” An article on the New York Times talks about how some fans found the magical book not so magical at all. The article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/business/media/despite-sales-cursed-child-isnt-magical-to-some-potter-fans.html.
After all this time, another book has been released, but what about the future of Harry Potter? Can we expect a new book in the series? Can we look forward to spin off of the adventures of one of the Potter children? According to the author, this will be the end of the wonderful Potter era. “He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done,” Rowling said at the play’s opening, “I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully, but, no, Harry is done now.” Sad news to fans of all kinds, but let’s look at it this way: We have been able to enjoy the wonderful, mystical, and magical world through an amazing series that brought the life of magic and awe into our hearts.