Nov 22, 2016
Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Publisher: Little Brown, UK
Format: eBookPublication Date: July 31, 2016
Overall: Rating on 5
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. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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.
I’m sure this book is going to be pretty unpopular with most readers, but I actually liked it very much. It does read as if it’s fanfiction, and really that’s how I thought of it. Because it’s a script I had to fill the blanks in description of places and people with my imagination, and when reading fanfiction that’s a common thing to do because the writing isn’t very strong. Now in this case, I would say that it isn’t that Rowling’s writing isn’t strong, it’s that it’s a script, by it’s nature it is going to be sparse on some of the description because they will be performing it on a stage, and those things would be filled in by the stage production. I digress, onto the plot of the book.
I really liked Albus and Scorpius, and I know they are little punks but remember when the Cursed Child starts Albus is only 11, and a very insecure 11 year old. It makes sense to me that his relationship with Harry would degrade by the time he was 14. Especially considering that Harry is so awkward with emotions, and especially with a child who isn’t as open as James and Lily. Albus is pretty much a Harry mini-me, but neither of them can see that because they are so much alike. Also, I have to say that Scorpius won me over from the start, he is funny, kind, and gentle. It is completely shocking to me that he was sorted into Slytherin, but I won’t deny that when push comes to shove he could be a sneaky liar, the difference was his morals guided him.
There were many things that felt awkward and stilted in this story, but I really don’t want to spoil this for other readers. I think it’s important to go in blind, and just absorb the story as it’s happening. Suffice it to say that the twists shocked me and only reinforced my belief that this is written like fanfiction. I’d give it 3.5 stars for being decent fanfiction, but as a supposedly Canon piece it’s much harder for me to give it that rating. I will leave it as is because anything else feels like a disservice to Rowling. But really. This book could have been much better.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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