Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

No worries folks, no spoilers here. 

 

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I was so excited to find our copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed child on our doorstep yesterday. I immediately cued the Harry Potter soundtrack and got cozy in bed to read.

If you don’t already know, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Fun Fact: I have The Deathly Hallows tattooed on my right ankle. So you know it’s real. 

Anyways, I was extremely happy when I heard that the script for The Cursed Child was going to be a released. However, after reading, I have mixed emotions.

What I loved:

Firstly, I did actually really love the story itself. I liked the whole plot, and I liked what she did with some of the new and old characters. I liked that she incorporated the past into the new story.

I sort of felt like she addressed some things that were never really expressed in the books previously that just needed to be said.  I also feel like this story is a response to many people criticizing her choices that had to be made to make the story worth reading. (Life, death, character choices… you know.) 

I also LOVED Hermione’s career choice. Yay feminism! Yay! You can be anything you put your mind to!

I liked how  she discusses some of the emotions that Harry felt after the war, and throughout his childhood, and how it affected his adult life.

This book was a really quick read for me, and was definitely a page turner. But this also leads to what I didn’t quite like about the book.

What I didn’t like too much:

This book was a really quick read for me, and was definitely a page turner. However, I think it was a quick read because it was in script format. I am a fast paced reader, and I was quite excited to see what happened in the story. With those two things combined, I felt like the story was rushed, and that everything happened fairly quickly.

I blame the quickness on the fact that it was in script format. I don’t mind reading in script format. (I grew up doing theatre and reading scripts, so this is hardly a foreign territory.)  But honestly, there wasn’t much room for character development, setting descriptions… or any descriptions really. Many of those factors truly make J.K. Rowling’s writing what it is. In the other books, she keeps you engulfed in a whole new realm with details and nuances in her writing. This book simply does not have that, which was a huge disappointment.

Without the character development, it was hard not to see moments of cheesiness. These moments may not have been cheesy if I was able to put myself in that space and time. However, without details, without descriptions, I found myself feeling off while reading certain lines.  (I really didn’t want to feel this way, and was pretty much in denial until I finished the book and looked back on all the events that happen.)

This script actually just made me want to see the show in London. I feel like with actors in front of me, developing the characters, giving me the right reactions and feelings behind the lines, I think I would really enjoy it. When you think of the beautiful thing that could be made from this script, it really makes you appreciate it.

I went in expecting a full-fledged Harry Potter novel. This is not what it was, so there was some disappointment there. I want to read it again, and take my time to let my mind wander and develop for itself. I think during the first read, I was truly rushing through, just so I would know what happens in the end.

Advice to those who have yet to read it:

-Go into it slow, and pause to let your mind dream up the characters and settings.

-Get ready for some mushy gushy moments. Get ready for some cheese ball moments.

-If you don’t remember Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire OR Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Re-read them.

-Go into it with no expectation.

All for now, Didn’t want to write too much and spoil it for others!

xoxo

Meg

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