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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child





I remember the press surrounding the release of a new Harry Potter book. The excitement, the guessing what has become of our favorite characters. Then there was the shock, the shock that JK Rowling had in fact co-written a stage play rather than the anticipated 8th novel. For me, not a problem I still wanted to read it all the same. Then came the reviews, the disappointment that the book was a script and not a novel which we all knew from the beginning anyway. I don't know if those reviews put me off but I wasn't running out to buy the first batch that hit the book shelves, instead, I waited until Christmas and placed it on my Christmas list and hoped that Santa (Bae) delivered on the big day. And he did!


Usually every Christmas I get an autobiography and I don't know if it's because they are usually hardback and in a slightly larger print but I tend to sail through and will often be finished reading by lunchtime boxing day. This time, I took my time...digesting each word and trying to absorb all the new characters and plot twists. It must have been a coincidence but Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was playing on the television which is referenced heavily in the Cursed Child so it was great for remembering. Besides, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite.


The book is set as a stage play and after all the press and reviews I hoped that it wouldn't be irritating or all stage instructions but I was wrong. It reads so well, okay there is a lot of dialogue but then it's a script so what else is there going to be. Despite it being a script, it flows really well. The only time I got a bit bored was when the master of ceremony kept repeating the same introductory lines over and over again. I get that for stage/screen it would be needed, I just got tired of reading the same words over and over again.

The story focuses a lot on Harry Potter's Son Albus and Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius, I loved Scorpius and the fact he is so different to his father. To be honest, I didn't really like Harry in this. I get he has grown up and he has a family blah blah blah but...he just wasn't Harry. 

This Harry seems different, colder and not so heroic, in fact for all the bravery and brilliance of his youth, his adult life seems a bit of a flop in my opinion, which I also found with Hermione and Ron too. The only one who has gained a bit of gumption is Ginny Weasley who has grown into a fiercely protective mumma.

The plot was gripping and introduced a whole new story surrounding Voldemort and Harry’s family which was interesting and did leave me wanting to know more. However now I think about it, perhaps it would have worked earlier on because without giving too much away, I think the new story line leaves too many questions, too many huh, how and especially WHEN?!!


I love the Potter books and I always wonder what they would be like older and with families of their own. I would like to see this developed into a novel with a little bit more depth and perhaps space for some unanswered questions.
 
Rating: 3.5/5
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