Harry Potter Love

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This is going to be a fairly short review, because I really don't want to give up any spoilers...but I had to let y'all know how much I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the rehearsal script for the West End play of the same name, written by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and of course J.K. Rowling (who came up with the story). It was released Sunday the 31st of July with HUGE fanfare...and a lot of folks calling it "The 8th Harry Potter".

This is not the 8th Harry Potter book. This is a script, in play format, of a story meant to entertain on the stage. I believe a lot of the negative reviews come from people who either didn't pay attention to that fact, or were so blinded by their love of the franchise that they had hyped it up to unreachable heights. I tried to go into it with zero expectations and an open mind...and was highly entertained.

This book shows the gang as adults, with kids going to Hogwarts. I'm sure we can all imagine what it would be like to have parents with the notoriety and fame that these kids would have. How do you live up to a parent who defeated "The Dark Lord". Yes, we get some insight into Harry, Hermione and Ron's adult lives...but the story is all Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. And Scorpius Malfoy is by far my favorite part of this book.

It is a quick read. Of course, it's all dialogue...it's a script. Do I think this story could've been fleshed out and turned into a full blown novel? Absolutely, but I still think some hard core fans would complain. I think this is the problem of a book beloved in your childhood. It can be very hard to live up to the feelings the original instilled in you.

But I loved it. I give it a solid 5 stars. I devoured it in one sitting, discussing with my oldest throughout (he read it first, and practically threw it in my lap so that he'd have someone to talk to). I would love to watch it on stage. I have always been a fan of plays.

So, were you waiting for the midnight release? Did you immediately check it out from the library? Have you finished it? Or are you so sick of the hype that you haven't even touched it? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.

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