Harry Potter and the cursed child: The new (old) Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the cursed child
The new Harry-Potter-book has the title „The cursed child“ and shows the life of the old Harry Potter. It all starts where it ends in the seventh book. Harry and Ginny are married, Ron and Hermione are married too. It is 2016 and Harry now is 22 years older. He has kids and he failed to manage with one of his three children. Severus Albus is not like his father. Albus became a Slytherin and has his problems with standing in the shadow of his popular father. Albus is the best friend of Scorpius, the only child of Draco Malfoy. But the Gossipmongers whispers that Scorpius is a son Voldermort. Both, Albus and Scorpius, manage to escape from Hogwarts and the struggle for their childs bond the former arch enemys Harry and Malfoy more together than anything could.

The women in the book are very emancipated. Harry works at the ministery of magic and wizardry and Ginny is editor of the Sportspart of the „Daily Prophet“. Rob owns a shop and his wife Hermione is minister of magic and wizardry.
There are two very pro-feminist scenes in the book, which are very cool:

„DRACO
Sorry about your kitchen, Ginny.

GINNY
Oh, it’s not my kitchen. Harry does most of the cooking.“

(page 146)

„RON
Malfoy, you may be all chummy chummy with Harry, and you may have produced a relativly nice child, but you‘ve said some very unfair things to and about my wife …

HERMOINE
And your wife doesn‘t need you fighting her battles for her.“

(page 292)

The story is much about time-traveling and reseting the world. It starts with the Trimagical Tournament 1994/95 and ends in a alternative realitys. For example one, where Hermione never married Ron and is the teacher of defence against the dark arts at Hogwarts. Another alternative reality is a dystopy in which Voldermort became the ruler of the magic world.

It is nice to meet the old friends of the novels again, but this isn‘t a novel. It is a play and it is much more thin than a novel. It is nice that Harry can cry as a old man, but there are too much father-son-issues in the book. Sorry, but the novels are much better than the play. They are the cake and the play is just a little sweet. It leaves the reader hungry.

J.K, Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne: Harry Potter and the cursed child, 2016.