Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Authors: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Script
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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The eighth story. Nineteen years later.
Nineteen years after the battle of Hogwarts...

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 strugge 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.

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.

The stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. 

My Review

Harry Potter has been with me since the very beginning.  It was the first official series I read, it was the first urban fantasy/magical books I read, it was the first books that made me cry. And it was the first series that made me realize there was something more to reading a book. So, when I found out that Rowling was going to put out another book set eighteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, I immediately started counting down the days until the book's debut.  And I got my hand on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at its midnight release. And I'm going to say that I was for the most part pleased with how this one turned out. I really enjoyed the characters throughout the story, and I also liked with way it was written, but there were also some hiccups that I couldn't get over either. Please don't hate me when you read that paragraph, I'll explain it all when we get there.

The characters were phenomenal of course. You get to see Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Draco, again, which was one of my favorite parts about this one. I missed those characters so much especially since it's been nine years since we've seen them. That's such a long time! But I also really enjoyed seeing Albus and his best friend, Scorpius, too. I swear Scorpius is my spirit animal, and who knew he could be, considering who his father is. He had to be my favorite characters coming from this book, hands down. It took me a little longer to like Albus, but he kind of grow on me after a while. I even liked the 'Cursed Child' them-self, but I'll come back to that later. All in all, these characters were ever enjoyable throughout, new or old, they were all amazing.

The next thing I really liked in this one was the writing style. This book is completely different from the others, mainly because it was written in script. Now, I don't have a problem with reading things in script. By Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being written in script , it made the book more unique, but it was always a play though, never really written in a more popular seen book format. I really did like reading it like a script, it made it easier to visualize the plot, characters, and scenes. Not to mention, it made this a really fast read. I read this one in two days, but most can read it in one sitting. So, this book has that going for it too.

And now for some of the hiccups that occurred when reading this one, which made me have to give it three and a half stars. First off when reading this one, it never really went into why the plot started the way it did. I thought that later on throughout the book it would explain why a character did something that started the chain-reaction of the plot. But it never really did, causing there to be a plot hole. I was hoping that Rowling would touch on that in the end, she did, but she was very ambiguous and veg on what that character's reason for doing the action actually was. Another reason I had to give it a lower star rating then what I usually do was that about half way through Act Three, if felt like the book could have ended there, and it really confused me because I didn't know where this book was going to go after that. I know that most books do this, but this was the worst of them all. I'm glad it went on after that because it did get better, but I was still so confused. And then there was the 'Cursed Child' them-self. I really liked them as a villain, but was really creeped out about how they came to be. I still can't get the pictures out of my head.  And so for those three reasons I had to give this one a three and a half stars.

For the most part I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I liked how it was a fast read, and that I got to get a glimpse of what the Wizarding World looks like in the future. I recommend you pick this one up if you're a Harry Potter fan, it was a quick and fun read, and very enjoyable. I don't know if Rowling is going to create anything else for Harry Potter, because she said it was over after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and then this happened. But if she decides to write anything else, I'll most likely pick it up, it's Harry Potter of course. So, until next time Rowling, if there is a next time, I'll be waiting. 

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