Well, JK Rowling seems to have done it again. We meet Harry once again, now as an adult with 3 children. His middle son, Albus, seems to have inherited Harry’s knack for being awkward but charming, and his only friend is, shockingly, Scorpius, the son of – you guessed it! – Draco Malfoy. This unlikely pair get themselves into a mess of misunderstandings and potential unleashing of evil in the world, and Albus, just as his father did before him, shows his own form of bravery and a love that conquers all.
It is important to remember that this is a script of a play and not the rich, descriptive prose of a novel. More is left to the imagination, and the story is left more to dialogue and direction. That said, the plot is still full of twists and turns and catches the reader off guard as always. There are still allusions to prior books and it builds on a knowledge of the world of Hogwarts and its history. And it still remains as a testament to love overcoming evil, as all the Harry Potter books seek to do.
Having experienced the book release parties at midnight this past weekend and reveled in the enthralling enthusiasm among people of all ages over this book – A BOOK!! – I am still just overwhelmed by the gift of this author. She has succeeded in revitalizing, almost single-handedly, a love of reading across generations. She has given the world a gift unlike any other in history – and we must be thankful for this.
If you have not read the Harry Potter books, do it now. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Anyone can relate to them as they are fantastical but completely relatable. They are brilliant and imaginative and just plain fun!
Thank you, Ms. Rowling – thank you!