Newest Harry Potter novel combines modern script with creativity

Aurora Soural

On my fourteenth birthday, I received the most appropriate gift of the times for me- even if I got it a bit late.

The period of which it was delayed; however, was well intentioned due to the fact that my gift was not yet in stores.

With the anticipated release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne) falling on July 31, the wait was worthwhile.

After reading- and re-reading- this script book,  it is simply perfection. This book adds on to the ever-popular, HP storyline in a creative and more present-day, manner. This opinion strengthens with every review of the text.

It is more modern than other Harry Potter novels due to what problems the two main characters, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, face, and how relatable they are to teens today. For example, Albus struggles for a place to fit in as his family legacy plagues him and his peers ridicule his inability to follow in his father’s footsteps. One can not say that he or she has never felt out of place, for it is a feeling that all have had the chance to acquaint themselves with.

Also, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written in a style of writing more appropriate for the times. In its script format, readers may actually be able to picture it more easily as one of the many movies or plays they watch. This is important due to the fact many Harry Potter fans are teens or millennials; and though a good novel is great every once in awhile, fans cannot help but adore this change in context.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also has a wonderfully intricate plot. Albus Potter, after being the first Potter sorted into the house of Slytherin with his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, faces multiple challenges with his arrival to Hogwarts. He cannot ride a broom, let alone be a prized seeker in quidditch- an airborne, wizarding sport- and he has very few magical skills. With Albus desperately wanting to lead a normal life not having expectations to live up to, and Scorpius wanting to prove that he is not related to Lord Voldemort, as many accuse he is; the boys acquiring a Time-Turner (similar to that in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is not the best idea. Using it, Albus and Scorpius stir up a potluck of trouble, even acquainting themselves with Lord Voldemort himself. The inclusion of Harry and others to the conflict make this script-book that much more exciting.

This addition to the HP series is most definitely worth the read- and the wait.