I’ll be honest, I’ll forever be disappointed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, but instead a screenplay. I won’t complain too much though, because it’s a new Harry Potter story and its a wonderful story. First and foremost, this book is a story about a son, Albus Severus, coming to terms with the legacy of his father, Harry Potter, and coping with its inevitable impact on his life. It’s a coming of age story, and a story of the relationship between father and son.
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.