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Though different from earlier novels, new “Harry Potter” is just as entertaining

Nearly a decade after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” J.K. Rowling strikes again with the release of her debut play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Clearly, Harry Potter fans have not lost steam: the book sold over 4 million copies during its debut week.

Rowling, with the help of John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, allows readers to visit Harry, Ron and Hermione (our three childhood heroes) as they struggle to raise children in the wizarding world.

Pretty different from battling Voldemort.

“The Cursed Child” takes place 19 years after the infamous Battle of Hogwarts, when evil in the wizarding world was finally destroyed.

The main plot follows Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, as he learns how to accept both who he is and who his legendary father is.

No pressure on Albus.

The relationship between Harry and Albus is a bit uneasy. They don’t know how to express their feelings toward each other without someone getting hurt. Albus is a naïve, rebellious child who will help people he doesn’t know, even if it means risking his life for the sake of others.

You might say that Albus has a thing or two in common with his dad. In fact, the adult Harry of “The Cursed Child” is a complex character who comes across as less likable than the young Harry of the first seven novels.

While some fans might be disappointed in his characterization, the authors have successfully drawn a realistic portrait of the complex parent-child relationship.

Unusual friendships are made as a result of even more unusual plot twists. For example, fans of the first seven novels will be surprised to discover the friendly relationship between Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco – Harry’s childhood nemesis.

Using the (supposedly) last Time-Turner in existence, beloved characters from the previous books reappear and everything seems fine. Or so it seems.

Cedric Diggory, Severus Snape and even Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore make appearances as young Albus and Scorpius travel to the Triwizard Tournament (from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) to do, well, stuff. Like sabotage.

As fans of so many novels and movies can attest, all time-travel involves meddling, which isn’t always good. Albus and Scorpius change the events of the past, which, in turn, changes the outcome of their present – they discover alternate universes that are not at all what they expected.

But I’m not one for spoiling books.

And, of course, there is a new villain. Who? A descendent. Of whom? Him.

I’ve already said too much.

Will Albus and Scorpius complete their mission and stay alive? Will Harry and Albus have the father-son relationship Harry himself lacked as a child? Who is the “cursed child”?

You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Rowling takes a new approach to her writing because the entire book is written as a play. The book is based on the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which officially premiered July 30 in London.

As for the book, I would rate it five out of five. It was incredibly intoxicating to read. I couldn’t put the book down and had to stay up late at night to fulfill my Harry Potter needs. At the end of the book, I was in tears because I feared that I would have to wait another decade for a new Harry Potter book to come out.

Well, at least the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (also written by J.K. Rowling) comes out Nov. 18.

Elise Yu is a freshman at Williamsville East High School.

While some fans might be disappointed in his characterization, the authors have successfully drawn a realistic portrait of the complex parent-child relationship.

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