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.
I pre-ordered this book and received my copy the day after it came out, but it took me a few months until I actually sat down and decided to read it. I’m a huge Harry potter fan–like the waits in line for 22 hours for the midnight premiere of the seventh movie kind of fan. While the statement is true not only for me, but for many others–Harry Potter was my childhood and when it ended, my heart actually broke because there would be no more books and no more movies detailing the lives of the characters that were a part of who I was. I mentally prepared for this, so when it was announced that there would be an eighth book to the series, I wasn’t skeptical but instead rather cautious.
A part of me thinks that it took me so long to read because I didn’t want it to end all over again, but after months of putting it off I finally decided to take the plunge and read it.
It may have been one of the greatest reading experiences of my life, and I know that might seem dramatic, but this novel evoked all the old feelings that reading the original seven books did for me. Granted I mostly cried during this novel for that fact, but all the themes most prevalent in the Harry Potter series–love, friendship, bravery–were carried throughout this eighth book. While I was hesitant that it was about Harry Potter’s son (I would have preferred a prequel to be perfectly honest), the various flashbacks gave the book a perfect balance of maintaining the original story and characters, while introducing us to new characters and stories that made sense.
My favorite new character was Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son). I don’t think I’ve been introduced to a sweeter character before. While I feared that Harry’s son Albus and his friend would mimic the same relationship as the original trio, it was extremely different but alike in the most important and subtle ways. He’s such a likable character, which I thought was great because it’s breaking the stereotypes of not only the Slytherin house, but also the Malfoy family name. This is another common theme that I think the series has always done a great job at projecting–prejudices and stereotypes and how one can move and/or look past them.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you still probably know that it is in a different format than what you’re probably used to reading. However, I don’t think that the format is a justifiable reason to say this book isn’t good, and I was upset to see that the bulk of the negative reviews were due to the fact that the format was that of a play. I did not mind the play format of this book, and it only took me a few pages to get used to reading in a different way. Furthermore, the play format makes the story go by at a reasonable pace, and it’s not the same as sitting down and reading a 300 page book in traditional format.
Overall, I think it’s a great conclusion to a series that I love and grew up with. I think it was done very well, and there was nothing that I was particularly unhappy with it–besides the fact that there won’t be more.
It was great to get a brief glimpse at the characters grown up, but I’m glad it was only a snippet because a part of me wants to remember them how they were in the original series. I don’t want my love for them to change based on their adult behavior (Lol, I know that sounds bad).
Goodreads rating: 3.85/5
Dee’s rating: 5/5
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