I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series so I was looking forward to jumping into the world again. Sadly, this journey was disappointing. I’m going to try and not spoil a lot of things, but I can’t guarantee that it won’t reveal something you may want to read for yourself, so please continue reading at your own risk.
The story basically begins with the epilogue from Deathly Hallows. I didn’t mind the epilogue, but, like most readers, I wanted more. Especially because I was interested to see if Harry’s son Albus would be a Slytherin. Being a Slytherin myself, I didn’t like how Slytherins were depicted in the original series. I felt that having Albus be a Slytherin would be a way for Rowlings to redeem herself. To a certain extend she does redeem herself making two of the central characters Slytherin and both of them are very complex. Much the opposite of the Crabbe/Goyle types we were mostly introduced to earlier.
The story itself is easy to fall into. I tore through the book much quicker than I thought I would. However, having to overlook “convenient” plot twists, over-the-top villains, and ultimately revealing nothing new of the world of HP and associates I feel let down. Rowling and her co-writers include Harry, Ron, and Hermione more than they had time to develop. All three of them felt very flat. Draco shows up and he’s much more developed than he was in the original septet. I personally think it would’ve been better to leave out the major characters and allow the next generation to further explore the world and how it’s changed post-Battle of Hogwarts.
This feels like it catered to what the authors thought the fans wanted and not what would make them think or expand the world they knew.