Amelia Seepersaud ’20 On July 31, 2016, J. K. Rowling, author of the well-known Harry Potter series, released the eighth book to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written alongside John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. The book is written in the form of a script, because the Cursed Child is in fact a two part play performed at the Palace Theatre in London, England. The book picks up from the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, nineteen years after Harry, the main protagonist, defeated his lifelong foe, Voldemort. It reveals what the lives of the characters are like nineteen years later–the characters that survived through the first seven books, at least. Although the second wizarding war has long since ended, the characters still face many struggles. Harry Potter himself seems to be having issues with parenting. He has a particularly difficult time understanding his youngest son Albus. It is interesting to read a story where the characters that we all know and love are adults. It provides a new perspective of them, and more insight into who they really are. Adulthood is a time where people are free to choose who they are and who they want to be. They no longer have parents and/or guardians telling them who they should be and what they should do. Therefore, seeing them in adulthood reveals a lot about their character. If you are a Potterhead and want to revisit the world of Harry Potter in a new way, this book is a must-read.
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