Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
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. (Goodreads)
Genre: YA/Children’s fantasy
POV: Script format
Read this if you like: Harry Potter (let’s be honest who doesn’t)
Would I recommend to a friend? YES!!!!
WOW. Just wow. I’m feeling a lot like this right now…
It is so good to be back in the Wizarding World!!!! I got this yesterday at about 12 and finished it at 8p.m. I. COULD. NOT. STOP! Overall I really loved this book. I was hesitant about the format as it’s in script format so I wasn’t sure if that would take away from the story in any way but I have to say, it really didn’t. Since it consisted mostly of dialogue it made for a quick read. However there was still enough description to where I had no problem forming a mental picture. Basically it was awesome! Was it on the same level as the original series? I’d have to say no, but as a standalone script I didn’t really expect it to be. But it was so cool to see what my favorite characters were up to and how their crazy childhood really impacted their lives as adults. As much as I liked the script I’m thinking actually seeing the play would make it that much better and I’m jealous for all those who are getting the opportunity! You lucky little nargles!
So the story revolves around Harry who is now a Ministry official and his son Albus who is having a hard time living up to the Potter name and all the expectations that come with it. I liked that we spent time with both Harry and the other now adult characters and Albus and the new generation. I thought that the story, overall, was really great. I have to say I didn’t really know what to expect but it wasn’t this and I mean that in a good way! The story had me flying through the pages to see where it was going to take me next. There were a couple shocking twists in there that really threw me for a loop which was fun. However, the plot naturally lacked some of the complexity that we saw in the original series, which again, as a standalone story how could it not? It’s hard not to compare this script to the original story but while nothing can compare to that masterpiece, this is a great story that I think diehard fans will really enjoy. I know I did!
We obviously see a lot of the characters we already know and love and some we never thought we’d see again (are you intrigued? You should be 😉 ) . As I mentioned earlier I really enjoyed seeing them as adults and being able to see the impact that their adolescence is having on their lives. In terms of the new characters they were really great! I loved Albus and the fact that he was similar to Harry and yet different in many ways. That probably makes no sense but hey that’s the way it’s coming out! It really made me wish that we could have gotten this book as a novel because I think, despite how great the script is, a novel could have been really fantastic and I would have loved to get a more in depth perspective from this new generation.
My Thoughts in a Nutshell
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a lovely continuation to the HP series. It allows us that glimpse into Harry’s life after Voldemort and also offers us the opportunity to be introduced to a new generation. Did the script live up to the original series? I think that’s pretty much impossible, especially as a script, but this is definitely a must read and one that I think Harry Potter fans will really enjoy!
“My geekness is a-quivering.”
“To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”
* I’m not doing any chatting today because I don’t want to put any spoilers out into the world…though I’m sure they’re already out there! I may do a chat in a few weeks after more people have gotten the chance to read it. In the meantime I want everyone to enjoy it for themselves 😀