Nineteen years have passed since the defeat of the Dark Lord. Harry finds himself still struggling with his past, one that affects his youngest son Albus. With each choice Albus makes, Harry can feel the distance growing between them. When Albus decides to take up an adventure to fix a loss in his father’s past, certain things become clear: darkness still exists in the wizarding world.
Personal Take: Part of me picked this up out of loyalty, and still loved this out of loyalty. However, I’ll come out and say that while this book had my favourite characters in between its pages, along with an enchanting world, I can’t count it as part of the original Harry Potter series.
First, as everyone knows, the format is in script form because it’s a play. That means it takes into account a lot of the stage production elements– the pacing, the beat, the character motivations, etc. In my opinion (and from what I’ve observed) plays explore certain depth of themes a different way, but it has to move the scene along until the end.
And that’s what I felt when reading this book. At times, I could see my favorite characters, references to glorious moments from the books, but other things felt more for stage purposes, like characterization and dialogue. It almost felt like an alternate universe of my favorite series. And I did enjoy it (heck, there were times I wanted to cry!). But I wouldn’t come close to counting it as the 8th book, or story arc.
So my recommendation is: if you want to read this, don’t think too much into it, and just enjoy the ride.
Audience: Always, fans of the series (but maybe not the hardcore fans..)