Since our initial post we have received an additional recommendation from Fiona (Reader Development Team and Whitefield Library)
‘The long anticipated continuation to the story, currently taking London theatre land by storm. This is not a novel, it’s a play, so some people may be put off by that. The format does distract a little from the story for me, and it is clear that JK Rowling did not write the play (it’s developed from a short story), as it’s not as smoothly written as the novels. However, it’s nice to see so many of our favourite characters back and to see how things have changed for them since Voldemort’s defeat. Great fun, and interesting, but not a patch on the original books, either in terms of the writing or the story. Definitely worth a go for any Potter fans out there though.’ Fiona.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Recommended by Claire (Reader Development Team).The eighth story. Nineteen years later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
‘This is a must read for all Harry Potter fans. The story has so many twists and turns that you would not expect. The screenplay format off the book did not ruin my experience of reading the story as I thought it would. It still felt like a normal book. I could not put it down!’ Claire (Reader Development Team and Prestwich Library).