It’s finally here! After months of waiting, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released worldwide yesterday. I managed to stay awake and pick up my pre-order at the Indigo midnight release party – mostly because I wanted the complimentary tote bag!

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For those of you who don’t follow all things Potter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play currently being performed in London. It takes place 19 years after the original books, and follows Potter’s youngest son as he goes off to Hogwarts for the first time. And in a feat of marketing genius, Rowling and Co. decided to publish the script as well.

First of all, this is definitely not a novel. While I’ve enjoyed reading Shakespeare many times in my life, this is the first time I’ve read a modern play. I was a bit worried that the new format would make the story harder to follow, but I was so wrong – a couple of pages in and I was back again at Hogwarts. I’m trying my hardest to keep this review spoiler free, but I’ve got to mention it: there are some awesome appearances by a few unexpected but familiar characters. Fans will love it.

The plot itself is a little thin at times, but overall it’s an engaging and thrilling adventure. The descriptions of the set and action sequences made it very easy to picture it all in my head, although many times I wondered how they would pull off some of the magic on stage! I finished the book wishing I had tickets to see the show, and I really hope that they eventually film it for the rest of the world to enjoy.

4/5