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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, My Thoughts

posted Aug 4, 2016, 2:39 AM by Kanika G   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 3:45 AM ]

This book does seem to be the cursed child of the Harry Potter series. Many fans, for some reason, did not realize they were getting a script for a play, as opposed to a novel, and were quite angry about it. To be fair, personally, I though that was quite clear, and I see nothing wrong with a play. Anyway if you have not bought it yet, it is something you should know.

This book has none of the set up or detailed world descriptions or well developed characters and their interactions that make the Harry Potter series magical. It is like a whirlwind, montage of events, many of which you have already seen in past books. It covers a span of 4 years in a huge rush, in just a few pages, so you get the idea

Having said that, going in to it as a Harry Potter fan, I was curious about certain things, curious enough the read the whole play. The script is a little ridiculous in certain places, so it seems like a spoof sometimes and there are some positively 'Yew, gross, that is just wrong' moments. The stuff with the time turners started to get quite silly  after a while. Sometimes it seems like the trio Harry, Hermione and Ron never grew up, the relationship between Hermione and Ron is cliché and Ron 's character is a sad joke. But the suspense was decent, there were parts where the story extracted a few giggles and some nostalgia. I particularly enjoyed a few neat puns.

The book tries to cram way too many events in a quick read, most un-Potter like, so it is important to know that this play was co-authored by by J.K. Rowling , Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

As many have complained, it does read like fan-fiction, but fan-fiction too can be great. Not this time though. It is useless as a stand alone book, but can be some fun for Potter enthusiasts. So, I'd say it is an okay book. But it is really not worth the price. I don't understand why it is so expensive, given that it is just the script of a play, and not very good at that. I would have expected this to be made available free, or at a nominal cost, to rekindle some Potter fever. That would have made fans happy, and introduced another enthusiastic generation to Potter, rather than left many fans feeling cheated.