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I am back with another book review!
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 now own two script books; Hold Me Closer: A Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan, and now this book Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne. I do hope to purchase the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Origional Screenplay book by J. K. Rowling.
Below is a photo of my copy that made its debut on Jasper + Spice in the post Happy Birthday, Harry Potter + Cursed Child Unbagging, a post where I speak about purchasing this book and how I managed to spend $45 on a book that I could’ve gotten cheaper online (totally worth it though).
I would like to begin by saying that I do understand this is a play script, and the actors will convey all the emotions for the viewers, so the script shoud not be read like a book or a typical Harry Potter novel.
OMG I am just going to go right ahead and say that what I loved most of all about this story was that it starts exactly where the 7th book left off, at Kings Cross Station on the platform where Albus Severus is farewelling his family before his first journey to Hogwarts. This was the factor that lead me to ignore all the critics and continue with the story. Then there was the – somewhat – confusung part; I became a bit confused as to some of the dialoge as it seemed different from what was included in the epilogue of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, and devoid of all the emotion that Harry had expressed for his friends and well everyone throught the past seven books.
On page 6, Harry says “Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous.” to an excited Albus before he makes his way onto platform 9 and 3/4. This is exactly what Molly said to him on his first run through the wall between platfroms 9 and 10! I picked up on this straight away and was so excited, mostly because it shows that Harry had seen Molly as a mother and modeled hiself off of her.
I also have this wierd dot point in my review notes that just prety much sums up the whole book: “18 pages in and it’s already life!“
Yeah look so can I just say, I was not expecting Albus to be in Slytherin. Despite the refernce to it in the epilogue AND the begining of The Cursed Child, I was still NOT expecting Slytherin!!! It was a pretty unique twist and I loved it! Honestly I would’ve hated if Albus was in Griffindor, it wouldve been too typical and predictable. Putting him in Slytherin was a pretty big curveball that I felt, set the scene for the whole story.
I Finished this beauty in 12 hours. I was expecting more from it but because it is a play, written in script form, I guess there is only a limited amount of information and enotion that can be conveyed. To me, this story felt like a work of fanfiction and more of a companion novel than an official 8th book; because it technically isn’t a book, it is a script. A story that needs another element – performance – to give the reader the full experience with not only knowledge of the story, but the emotion it carries.
Overall it was a lovely and touching story that had me at times begging for mercy and others laughing aloud.
★ Rating ★
Unlike all the other Harry Potter books, I reated this particular book ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars), for reasons mentioned above.
Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Saturday 🙂
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