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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Publication Date: July 2016
Buy: Here
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹

Goodreads Description:

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.” 

“My geekness is a-quivering.” 

My Thoughts: 

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Harry Potter. I’m the Harry Potter girl. So, naturally I have been waiting for this moment for almost ten years. Since finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows all I’ve wanted was more. More Harry Potter, more magic, just more. Well, now I have more and I have to say, I’m severely disappointed.  

Now don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I actually enjoyed it very much. Some parts made me laugh and some made me sad. It was great to be reunited with some of my favourite characters to see how they turned out. In fact the best thing about this new Harry Potter book is how nostalgic it makes the reader feel. There are plenty of familiar faces – Harry, Ginny, Draco, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, etc – as well as some interesting new ones – Albus, Rose, Scorpius, Lily, James. However despite all that, it just didn’t feel quite right to me. It felt more like I was reading fan fiction. Which I guess I was, seeing as though it wasn’t actually written by J.K. herself.  

This book has a completely different vibe from the previous 7 in the series. Aside from the fact that it is a play, it’s also a more mature, character-driven, less magical story. 

The plot leaves a little something to be desired. Again, it feels different from the main series. It’s not so much about the world and magic, but more about relationships, conflicts and the dialogue between characters. It also feels older. I don’t know how well kids will appreciate the jokes about growing old or the family drama between Harry and his son, Albus. 

Knowing that this was a play, we knew right away it’s going to be something unlike what we’ve seen before, and I liked that. It worked well for me. 

On Goodreads I rated this book 5 stars, just because I couldn’t bring myself to give anything Harry Potter related a low rating. However, if I am being honest, I’d rate it 3 & 1/2 stars. I would not recommend this to anyone who is a huge Harry Potter fan either. Some things, I seem to have learnt, are best left as they are. The play, however, I would like to see! I don’t know why but I bet it would be incredible to watch. 

About The Author: 

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Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. The book was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997, under the name J.K. Rowling. As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

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