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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child-Book Review

This play released on July 31st. The announcement of the book sent a wave of excitement through the world and, obviously, through the Harry Potter fan club.

The wave was felt for a long time before the play’s release. The community gathered for midnight release games and fun to enjoy the release of the book/play.

And then the community read the play. And fans were sad. Fans became disappointed. Fans got on the internet and to show their exasperation through reviews and disappointed posts on social media.

My first realization let down of the play was when I realized though her name is printed on the book that J.K. Rowling didn’t actually write The Cursed Child. Dun dun dunnn. Ouch.

The second let down I had was when I realized that the play wasn’t actually going to give me a story I hadn’t yet read. Second ouch.

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So I have gathered not only my thoughts and a list of pros and cons but also the same from someone not me that has read the play. This way you don’t just get my sour thoughts but also someone else’s as well.

First off

Since it seems like a big deal to everyone that people didn’t realize it has been written in script/play form. So as you continue on please keep in mind that yes I realized this before I purchased it. And no it makes no difference to me. And yes I realize that it doesn’t allow for more storytelling. However, have you ever read Midsummer Night’s Dream? It was written in script form and yet you get a full story. Even Metamorphosis is a play and you get a full story. There are ways around this and you can still put a whole story together. Maybe have it be a little longer or release and extended version.

August 1st

I received my copy in the late afternoon on August 1st.

August 4th 

I started reading my copy once I had finished the third installment of the Pendragon series. And writing an extra 2,000 words in my novel (wee!).

August 5th noonish

I finished my copy full of disappointment and wondering what I just read.

And I am, fortunately, not alone. If you care to click here to read the numerous reviews on Amazon.com of fans who are just as let down as I am.

I was stoked to have received my copy and to say that I wanted to not go back to work in order to start my book would be absolutely 100% true. I mean, I would skip work every day if that meant I could stay home to read a book, but that’s just me.

Alas, I digress (or is it earwax?).

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Here is where the spoilers begin. If you haven’t read the book/play then go do that before continuing on. I am not one to make a review minus spoilers. Ain’t happenin. Go read it. Or don’t and continue on. 

My list

  1. Not written by Rowling (didn’t realize this until after I got the book/play)
  2. Unfortunately for the actual authors, you can tell… Bad
  3. Fanfiction… DING DING DING. Not good fanfiction either
  4. Characters are not believable (you can’t tell me that they would say what is written in this book. Really?)
  5. Not convincing enough to make me believe it would actually be what happened after the seventh book. Not even a little bit.
  6. No new material (unless you count the “plot twist” which is full of loopholes, so no)
  7. Not an original idea. Because it just takes off from the excerpt the real author gave us at the end of Deathly Hallows 
  8. The characters feel awkward and not true to themselves (also where is Tonks and Lupin’s kid?)
  9. Delphi… The whole character shouldn’t exist
  10. WTF????!!!! <—— my thought throughout the entire book/playsnape-is-disappointed

Now you may think that some of my points are a little harsh since Rowling didn’t write it but wait and I will explain myself.

My friend’s pro/con list

Pros

  1. A different perspective to the magical world than Rowling’s
  2. Getting to read about our favorite characters
  3. Seeing how the romantic relationships are 20 years later
  4. The children-seeing their personalities and getting to know them as characters
  5. Bellatrix being the person Voldemort would choose to, uh, create an evil child with
  6. The connections of friendship-Harry with Hermione and Ron/Albus with Scorpius

Cons

  1. Characters are not true to themselves and are not believable
  2. The various future outcomes of “what if” are not necessary
  3. Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry attitudes- I am not convinced that Harry would ever speak to Ginny like that
  4. Rose’s personality-how could Ron and Hermione raise a kid to be that big of a prat?
  5. Title did not reflect the books content
  6. You can tell that Rowling didn’t write it

I have to agree with her list. Number 5 of the pros list is a big one for me too. If any of the Death Eaters were going to be the baby momma to the Dark Lord then it would be Bellatrix. BUT if she had been pregnant at any point during the books (and that is how Rowling saw it) then wouldn’t we have read about it? And just to add a sour note, you’re gonna tell me that she birthed a baby and then died mere days afterward? Cuz, you know, that isn’t depressing or anything.

I think that her pro and con list is self explanatory but if you have questions regarding them then hit me up in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

As for my list, well keep reading.

Number 1– J.K. Rowling didn’t write it… And then she allowed her name to be attached to it as though she did. FALSE! Why would you let something that doesn’t even read like your stuff be published? Anyone who loves Harry Potter will forever be fans regardless of whether you continue writing or not. We have closure. For those who don’t have closure then you can write your own fanfiction, just make sure it is better than this.

Number 2– You can tell she didn’t write it… This is bad, bad, bad because not only does it keep in the forefront of my mind that it isn’t her work, but I also can’t believe what I am reading. The characters presented in this book/play may have the names of the characters from Harry Potter but they do not behave like those characters did. Even forty years later, these people are not who we are meant to believe they are. #sorrynotsorry

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Number 3– It is fanfiction… It really is. Two guys published what they believe happened after the seventh book. If it isn’t written by the OA, and uses the characters/theme/setting/plot of the original book(s). Make you think of anything?

Number 4– Characters are not believable… Uhh, I cannot believe that 20 years would cause Harry to ever tell his son, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, that sometimes he wishes he weren’t his son…. That is just one of the examples but the biggest one that sticks in my head.

Number 5– Not convincing enough… I don’t believe the story. Harry and his middle son have trouble because the son is full of poor me? Not happening. Voldemort impregnating Bellatrix and the books never  mentioned it? I realize that there are times when we don’t see her but not almost ten months worth, definitely not long enough for her to be pregnant and have a child (remember when she tortured Hermione?).

Number 6– Nothing new was added to the story. Sure we got to see the kids older and more grown up but it was a pity party the entire time. There wasn’t much in character growth and I didn’t feel like I really got to know the new characters very well. I understand it is a play but I have read plays with character growth.

Number 7– Not an original idea. Like I mentioned before the play only takes off with the excerpt from the seventh book and took off with the idea in their own way.

Number 8– The characters are not true to themselves. Like I said up above, the characters act in a way that is not believable or true to who they were in the original books. I know it has been 19-20 years but people don’t become assholes after working with each other to save the world.

Number 9– Delphi.. This character should never have been born. Not only did she immediately stand out to me as a potential antagonist but her title as cousin to Cedric and the daughter of Voldemort… Just, why?

Number 10– This isn’t really a problem but more of an overall disappointment number. I didn’t enjoy the book. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who won’t enjoy it because there will be plenty who do. I didn’t. These are my top nine reasons why I didn’t like it. I should also point out that I felt like there were far too many loopholes with the characters, going back in time, and Delphi. I don’t think it was a well thought out story. It felt more like a quick short story that they wanted to get out there so that they could start cashing in. I understand that it was written as a play but I don’t think that knowledge makes it any better. Regardless of what form you take the story in it still falls flat.

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So there you have it, my rant review on the new Harry Potter book/play. I hope it gives you the information you have been looking for. If you have any questions or whatever go ahead and leave a comment. I make a point of getting back to all those who comment on my posts.

Thanks so much for reading this! Have a great day.

 

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