If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know exactly to what I’m referring. This beautiful piece of literature.
So, I won’t include many spoilers, and no big ones. I just want to talk about the book, my feelings, and the thoughts I had when the last pages flipped over and “the end” stared back at me.
To start off, I was so excited about this book, but I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew is it would be a story about Harry coping with his past, while his son Albus was coping with life at Hogwarts, living in Harry’s shadow. This is a really good jumping off point, as the heart of the story is the relationship between father and son. Not always just between Harry and Albus, but also between Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius. Reading about so many of my most loved characters in a parental role was both strange and heart-warming. But honestly, no matter what these characters are doing, I’d read it. Even if I had to translate it from Ancient Greek or something equally daunting. 😂
So, let’s talk about the characters. I was so happy to see so many faces back in this story! I loved seeing where they are, how they have changed and grown, and it made me so happy that wizards live so long. I still adore Professor McGonagall. I still smile when Hermione corrects someone. And I still laugh at Ron’s jokes. However, while so many faces where back, I also missed a lot of people. I wanted more about the other Weasleys, Hagrid, Teddy Lupin, and the other children, including James and Lily and Rose and Hugo. But, I understand this is a specific story, more about Harry’s family. So I can deal.
A character found myself favoring, surprisingly so, was Scorpius Malfoy. I guess I didn’t really expect to like him, because I was never a big fan of Draco. However, Scorpius was totally my new Neville. An underdog type character that you know has a lot more potential underneath. Someone to root for. I ended up loving him most of all, and how it forced Harry and Draco to interact. A lot of people have said this story incorporated a lot of the ideas they’ve been reading about in FanFiction for years, and I have to agree. 😂 But I think I loved it even more for giving us a reality for all the dreams we’ve created about this world and these characters. It also hung a big “fail” sign over everyone who thought a time turner was the answer to Harry’s problems. But I’ll let you read more about that yourself. 😉
Overall, I felt that the story was really sweet and also an interesting edition. I felt that it wasn’t a “necessary” addition, but who cares about that? It was still really great and action-packed. Reading about the characters, and just being in their world again, felt magical. Like coming home after a long journey (in this case, reality is the long journey 😉). I am so grateful this story was released in book format so that all of us who can’t actually see the play get to read more about our Boy Who Lived. Although, I’ve heard rumors about the play coming to New York City Broadway next year. And if that happens, you can bet I’ll be booking a ticket so fast I’ll catch a golden snitch on the way to the airport.
A little note about the format, also. It is not written like a normal book, because this is simply the original script for the play. If you’ve never read a script before, it might take some getting used to. There is significantly less detail because we are meant to watch the story unfold with all those details in front of our eyes. So, there isn’t much description about what the characters look like, how they are moving, what they are wearing, or what the scenery looks like. There are small bits about the expression the characters are wearing, to help the actor during that scene. The book is split into 4 acts, 2 acts in part one and 2 acts in part two. Each short “chapter” is a scene and you are told where that scene is taking place, and sometimes a brief description of what it looks like (for the stage designers). I’ve seen a few reviews where people say the format “ruined” the book for them. But I think it certainly doesn’t have to. It’s more about expectations. This doesn’t read like the HP we are used to, so just be prepared for that.
So, I guess my main conclusion here is that it was wonderful to be back inside Harry’s world. I loved every last page, and I may have shed a few tears. It was so lovely and also heartbreaking, because JKR has said this is the official end to Harry’s story. She does not plan to write any more about him. So, savor this book and enjoy the ride. It’s a really bittersweet close to my forever fandom.
5 stars for sure! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
If you’ve finished this book, please tell me what you thought of it! I’d love to gush with you.
Omg! Seeing professor Snape alive literally made my day. I was so happy to see him candidly talk about his goodness and love for Lily. Ahh! So much love for this inclusion. I love him even more now. 💙