The first Harry Potter book came out when I was only three years old but as soon as I was able to read the books, around the age of 5 or 6, I spent my time reading them, re-reading them or waiting for the next book to come out. Therefore, when the Deathly Hallows came out I had to accept that my journey with Harry, Ron and Hermione had sadly come to an end. Despite re-reading them all every year the story was obviously still the same. So imagine my surprise when I realised that J.K Rowling was releasing another book set where the last chapter of the Deathly Hallows left off. Not only that, it was going to become a West End show. My inner child just about passed out. I got my hands on the book the morning it came out and I thought I’d write a review for you today to let you know whether it was worth the wait or not!
So what’s the book about? Don’t worry I won’t include and spoilers at all, just a little synopsis to let you know whether its for you you or not! As I said earlier, the book starts where we left off with the Deathly Hallows, with Harry saying goodbye to his son Albus at the train station 19 years after Voldemort’s demise. Although Harry, Ron and Hermione do feature quite heavily still in this book, it mainly revolves around Albus and his friend Scorpius who is Draco Malfoy’s son. I am actually happy she did this as it let us enjoy the childhood magic feel of the world again rather than just the overworked, now middle aged, heroes of the previous books.
Lover’s of the book the Goblet of Fire, will be pleased to know that the Triwizard Tournament features again in this book as Albus and Scorpius travel back in time to try and alter history. A lot of the storyline revolves around Harry’s not so perfect relationship with his youngest son and the fact that he still has the ball and chain that is being ‘the chosen one’ around his ankle. It is a very different take on the magical world than we have seen before and it’s great to see how our favourite characters have progressed since the last book. If you are a die hard Harry Potter fan, then it is definitely worth a read!
Something to point out is that it is written in a script form so it is very different to how the other books were written. Personally I really liked this as it made the conversations easier to read and missed out some of the excessive description that J.K is so renowned for. Thankfully there are no real stage directions included so don’t expect things like ‘Harry entered from stage right’ as they are just not there. The book is split into scenes and acts though and there is a brief scene setting paragraph prior to the dialogue but other than that it is just the same and I found it a really enjoyable way to read.
I personally loved the story and have since gone on to finally secure two tickets to the West End show in London for next year. I was so engrossed in the book that it actually only took me three hours to read cover to cover. What can I say, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan! If you didn’t like the other books then don’t bother reading this, it carries the stories and relationships on from the previous books. But, if you loved the previous books or watched the films and want to know more, then run out and grab a copy now, you won’t regret it! I may be biased, but I would give this 10/10, I was really worried as to how she could carry the story on but in my opinion she did it perfectly and I got to spend three hours reliving my Harry Potter loving childhood again. I am now counting the days until I see the show, there may be tears of joy when it starts and tears of sadness when it’s over though!!
Have you read this book yet? If so what did you think? Would you like to see more book reviews in the future?