Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Rowling, Tiffany, & Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover and review
We are all desperate for more Harry Potter and the story of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was great but left me wanting...

Harry and Draco Malfoy's kids, Albus and Scorpius, are going to Hogwarts. Surprisingly, they become friends.  When they decide to steal a time turner and go back in time to save the life of an old character, all hell breaks loose.  Well, of course it does.  Everyone knows you can't go back and change a huge event without serious consequences in the present.  And Albus and Scorpius find this out very quickly.  And then they try to undo what they've done.

You can probably guess this is a very exciting story. Fit for Harry Potter.  But the writing, that of a play script, just didn't do it for me.  I so wanted J. K. to just tell the story.  Give me the descriptions of setting and characters.  I wanted to feel immersed as I did with the other Harry Potter novels.  But Harry Potter and the Cursed Child felt very superficial.  Like I was being told a story instead of living in it.

I want more.  I feel cheated.  But I would still recommend Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Potter fans.  After all, it's the only game in town.

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016
Copy obtained from the library
327 pages

Rating: 3/5

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  1. I agree. I’m sure the play is cool to see, but I didn’t like the script. The characters didn’t feel like themselves. That’s probably because JK Rowling didn’t write it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I felt the same way about the book and the format.. It just wasn't the book for me. In fact I had a lot of trouble reading it because of the play format. The story was compelling, though.

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  3. I agree that it needed more depth and a fuller story that a novel would have solved, but I loved "hearing" the HP voices again.


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