Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & John Thorpe

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & John ThorpeHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter #8
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on July 31st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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two-stars

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
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.

Review:

I wasn’t sure whether or not if I should write a review for this book/play because of spoilers and I might be a bit ramble-y because it’s Harry Potter, you know. Anyways, I wasn’t entirely sure about reading this because it’s a play format (which I don’t usually do) and it’s not exactly written by J.K. Rowling herself (you can tell from the writing). But, I got excited because my friends and coworkers were excited about its release so the excitement led me to preordering the book.

Because of the stupid hype (yes hypes can be stupid and it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement) I had super high expectations for this play. Now I’m not a play reader. I do read plays once in a while because I love that they have little details everywhere that you don’t see in novels unless you reread them and didn’t know you miss them the first time (kind of like the random Easter eggs in Pixar movies). That aside because it’s Harry Potter I tried so hard not to be disappointed. However, once I lowered my expectation by a peg or two it was an enjoyable play. There were a couple of things that I found annoying. First of all,  there were many plot holes and second of all, the characters felt OCC (out of character). I mean I understand that when a person grows up their attitude about the world and stuff changes, but these characters didn’t feel like the Harry Potter characters I grew up loving. I also felt that it wasn’t well written. There were so many places that were rushed, which made me ended up going huh quite a number of times, and a lot of it was random nonsense. It was hard to imagine the scene and fast shifting. Instead of going from point A to point B, we went from point A to point C. I want to know how Albus’ first year went but they don’t give you that. They fast forward to his third year and it’s hard to imagine the kid already in his angst-y teen phase when he was happily munching on sweets with Scorpius.  Another example is when we went from the Hogwarts Express to the Sorting ceremony and then to a random flying lessons. Like what the heck? I’d wish that it’d had been all a dream because nothing felt logical. It felt fanfiction-y with all the fan service thrown (Albus x Scorpius bromance moments, Harry x Draco…I mean even Voldemort got his moments.) to make fans happy and satisfied.

I’m not satisfied.

Oh and by the way did anyone not see which Houses Rose, Scorpius, and Albus would end up in? It was predictable and why are there so few characters besides our main character and Polly (Mary Sue anyone?).

I think what worked for me was not to take this play seriously. There were a few things that I liked about this play, which definitely included Albus and Scorpius bromance and Scorpius’ cute crush on Rose but other than that I just felt like this play was a let down. While this book is considered the “eighth” Harry Potter novel, I’m pretending that it’s just a fun little thing for the fans and not an actual eighth book. Overall, I think this play would be better seen live than reading it.

two-stars

Author: Jackie

4 Comment

  1. I AM LOVING THE NEW DESIGN! It’s so beautiful, great work! Yeah, I’ve heard that this play is enjoyable once you lower your expectations, it definitely sounds like it would be better watching it than reading. Lovely review!

  2. You have pretty much summed up the reason I am not reading this book. 🙂 I have seen a lot of mixed reviews and I just think it would have been better if they would have taken the play form and made an actual book out of it. (They adapt books to plays all the time why not the other way around!)

  3. Aw, I am SO sorry that this didn’t work for you. I have been hearing this a lot lately, and from reading some reviews (and a lot of spoilers haha) I can understand why! It sounds like fan fiction gone wrong or something, and it is sad to see that so many fans are unhappy with it- it’s kind of a good reminder that sometimes when a series is as beloved as HP, it should just be left alone! I am glad you were able to NOT take it seriously, too- I think you’re right, that is the key for sure! Great review!

  4. I absolutely love Harry Potter, but I have heard mixed reviews about this one. I was going to see what the reviews said before I gave it a shot and now I’m glad I waited. I am sorry this one didn’t work for you. I guess sometimes you shouldn’t mess with a good thing.

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