August 25, 2016

The Book that Should have Never Been| Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Published by
Arthur A. Levine Books on July 31st 2016
Pages: 328
Source:
Bought
Goodreads

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.

 

Upon closing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I had so many mixed emotions. I knew going in that it was going to a play but still felt somehow…disappointed. I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe I had my hopes up too much, but I felt disappointed that this was not a book. I know, I know, get over it isn’t going to happen. But I can’t help after reading it that this book was a money grab. Bare with me as I try and explain this the best that my mind can form it. Maybe I should do a list.  Two points, but they’re doozies

  • This story NEEDED more, more, and more: Honestly, I know that it’s a play but I feel that the story of Harry Potter was NEVER meant to be a play. I give it props for trying but come on? Could you imagine Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a play? No. If I couldn’t imagine the SMALLEST book in the series as a play this would remain the same for the other books as well. Why? There is just TOO much story, too many characters, and eventually too much sentiment attached to this story to do such a thing. You can’t spend 10,000 pages coming up with this story and end it by a 300 page play. It’s not cool. There is SO much potential that if flushed out would have been such a good read. But the translation did not work very well from theater to book.
  • W-T-F Happened to these Characters: The second thing that I am having a problem grasping are the characters. I have one main gripe with all of the characters in this book (besides one and I’ll get to that again). But my main gripe with the characters of this story is how flat they are. I’m not talking marginally flat but I’m talking flat as pancakes. Now, this might be because it’s a PLAY and not written to be a book but if this is the case WHY make it a book? Money grab. If you wanted the world to be able to see this story as it was intended it should be offered not as a book but AS A PLAY. There was already the fact that all of the information about the past 19 years was crammed into x however production, but to cram it into a 300 or so page book? Nah. The only character I liked in this book was Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. Why did I like him? He was the character that everyone growing up with Harry Potter WISHED Draco would have become plain and simple. He’s everyone’s love for Draco. I get it, I loved Draco. But this is just the reality. There was too much time skipping to REALLY get to know his characters like we did his father or Harry, Ron, Hermione, or even Neville for Christ stake. Neville is one of my favorite characters in the story because we get to SEE him evolve. We get to see him go from this sniveling coward beaten down by life to succeed at something most people would have thought he  would fail at. Think about it. Would Neville’s successes at the end of Harry Potter if his bumbling scenes washed over because there wasn’t enough time to get to his scenes and the ones with Harry and his friends? Nope. This goes along with the character dislike up there but characters that were JUST as vital didn’t even show up in the play? Not cool

 

So these are my main gripes about this book. All in all, it was OKAY. But I am afraid to recommend it for any hard core Harry Potter fans purely for the fact that unfortunately, it does NOT and should not have been made into a book. It does not feel complete to me and I just am left with an empty feeling of there should have been MORE. I get that the characters have aged but I want to SEE it, feel it, not just read about it. Again these are my own opinions. Please don’t shoot me.

 

two-stars

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