Monday, August 8, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets 4.5 Stars
First off, I will say that I was extremely frustrated to have pre-ordered this book from Amazon and not receive it until 6 days after its release. Super lame Amazon!
Tho, when I did get the book on Saturday I read the complete thing that afternoon. I absolutely LOVED reminiscing with Harry Potter and his friends. It was fun!
I give Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (sure there is some dispute on how much she wrote) 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review that I promise to not give any spoilers. HP and the Cursed Child is an all around is a fun fast read for high school students and up.
I know there are a lot mixed review on this book, but I still say definitely give it a read. Though, there are a few things that it is best to remember going into this book. First, you have to remember that this book is a script. Scripts are different from your traditional novel. To be honest, I forgot that at first. The first 20 pages or so was a little frustrating b/c I wasn't getting the detail in the setting, characters, story development, etc. However, after I remembered that little, but crucial, detail I really got immersed in the story. I have always felt that it is too hard to compare the books to their movie counterparts. They are different, and they each have different strengths. I feel the same thing applies with a script to a novel.
There were several things that I really liked with HP and the Cursed Child. I really liked reminiscing with the old characters. I really liked seeing the story continue. There are some awesome quotes/lines found in the story that I had to write down. I'd love to share all of them with you, but I promised you no spoilers. Therefore, I'll share just this one from Scorpius, Draco Malfoy's son. "I, uh, I opened a book. Something which has- in all my years on this planet- never been a particularly dangerous activity." This quote makes my librarian book loving heart smile. Even though Scorpius is not my favorite (I was never a Malfoy fan either), I LOVE this quote.
Now, it is true, and somewhat shocking that a Harry Potter book didn't earn a perfect 5 star rating. Though, I've always been a tough grader and that doesn't change. I'm not comparing the script to the other books b/c they are different (script vs. novel), but I am judging the book as part of the series and that is where it falters.
Since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a continuation of the story I was disappointed that the characters were not always consistent with who they were in the first 7 books. Hermione was known for being clever in the original series, but I didn't think she was her consistent witty clever self in this book. I felt there were inconsistencies with Ron and Harry's characters as well. I don't want to give too much into why they were inconsistent b/c I don't want to spoil a single aspect of the story. However, it is the inconsistencies with the characters that is the major reason for the less than perfect score.
I still thoroughly enjoyed reading the script book. I found myself feeling many emotions in the reading. I was incredibly happy. picking up the book, and concerned, worried, sad, curious, surprised, and more.
All in all, it is a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I wouldn't say this is a must read for Harry Potter fans or those that have read the rest of the series, but I will say that I'm so happy that I did read it.
Just in case you aren't sure, here is the book description I took from Amazon.
"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."
I'd LOVE to hear what you thought of the book.
I am considering adding my favorite quotes from the book in a month or so. I will include them with a clear spoiler line so that you can choose to read them or not. Thoughts?