Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

Finally, after all these years we have more to the Harry Potter series. As a huge Harry Potter Fan, I, of course, had to hightail it for the midnight launch of "The Cursed Child". This, the official eighth story of the series although not a novelisation of the play (which I believe would have been better received by myself) was released at a midnight on the 31st of July. 


The play is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, yet as you read the script I can't feel the magic of J.K Rowling's writing. You need to be prepared while reading this to be the stage director. I'm used to reading scripts from my days of drama school and from secondary school so I was prepared and I knew what I was getting myself into buying the book, but that doesn't mean I can't be disappointed. Also of note is the fact this is the special rehearsal edition, which means that changes were made after. The current plan is to release the complete edition next year! "Ching Ching" is what comes to mind. I'm just glad that our local bookshop was selling this for half price on the launch night!

The story picks up where Deathly Hallows leaves off and we see Harry Potter married and dropping his kids off at Platform nine and three quarters. So we are 19 years on in their lives and they are all grown up, working hard, bringing up their families. Harry now works at the Ministry of Magic along with Hermione. The story focuses on the relationship between Harry and his son Albus. Albus is like Harry in many ways except for the sorting hat didn't put Albus in Gryffindor. During the course of the script, you will see the tumultuous relationship between father and son and the effect that has. The book is more focused on the children's adventure and this felt a little flat, a bit like when Disney does cheap sequels to our beloved classics.


There are moments of light where you can sense the magic that made the original books so special, but these moments are too few and far between. Chances are though that if you are a huge Harry Potter fan you may, like me, very well want this in your collection.

It was great to see another story but in ways, I could have done without and I have read better scripts over the years. As with all scripts it needs to be seen, but reading it didn't make me long to go buy tickets to a 2 part play that is 5 hours long.

I knew what I was getting into when I purchased "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" but I'm left feeling underwhelmed. I only wish that I had a Time-Turner to go back to before the launch of this book.


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14 comments:

  1. Snap! That is exactly how I feel. It was fun to revisit and meet up with old friends but I was left feeling dissatisfied. I thought the pace was fine but as a whole the story and magic feel was lacking. I'm glad I read it but I'm even gladder that I have the other 7 books to turn to and reread.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not alone thinking this Trish, I felt awful writing the review! As fun as it was to revisit it just lacked magic and feel of the orginal 7. I just need to try and block The Cursed Child from my mind now!

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  2. This has been the reasoning why I haven't been running to the shops to buy the book because I think it will be very underwhelming and lacking in the magic that comes from JK Rowling's writing. I think I will see the play if I am in London but it's Lovely reading your review and perspective on the book.

    Great Post,

    Ellie Xxx

    @thatweirdoellie

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    1. Thanks very much Ellie I appreciate that as it was I felt really bad writing it. I hope you get to see the play and enjoy it x

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  3. Ah poop!! I had so many hopes for this book. :/

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    1. Me too and now I need to wipe it from my brain :(

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  4. I'm so glad to read this review. I felt like an absolute wierdo and the worst fan in the world for not even being remotely interested in it. For me, the series ended with deathly hallows and anything like this is a bit too try-hard for me and spoils the magic. I'd rather re-read the series which is absolute perfection than drag it out with sequels and prequels. I mean they're just not the same. Nothing will ever recapture those days when the HP books were still coming out. That was a really special time, we'll never have anything like that again.

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    1. I really felt that bringing this out was just to cash in or a marketing ploy to get people to the play. I have no interest in seeing the play now either so it didn't work on me haha. It didn't feel like it could be part of the series at all so I've no idea why it's the official 8th story. It was lacking for me so I'm going to re-read the first 7 to feel the magic again x

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  5. This is how I feel :) For one thing, it's a play and not even written by JK Rowling! I haven't bought the book myself but will be borrowing it off my little sister when she finishes it. But, so far she loves it, and it's the first play she has ever read, which to me may be a good way to get kids into theatre x

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    1. I really thought I could get past the whole play issue but it would have been better if they made it into a novel, with J.K Rowling writing her version of it. I'm baffled as to why J.K gave her blessing to this. As scripts go I've read better more detailed ones, but it would be a good one to start young teens on to give them a feel for a script. X

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  6. Oh that's a pity - my other half loved Harry Potter and I was going to get this for him but I don't think he'd have the patience for a script...

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    1. It just doesn't have the same magic which is just disappointing :-( Script is quick to read but the the story itself might be what he would lose the patience with!

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  7. I preordered the book but it didn't arrive until yesterday which was so disappointing just in itself. I'm such a huge HP fan that I'm definitely nervous that this book will be underwhelming as well...sometimes I think they should just leave the books and that whole world alone!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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    1. Yes, I agree, sometimes I wish they would just leave things as they are. I do hope you got some enjoyment out of Cursed Child x

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