If you have read my reviews of the original series, you know I’m a big Harry Potter fan. Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the same magic in this book.
Title – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author – J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Page count – 308
Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)
**SPOILERS – I won’t include specific details, but stop now if you don’t want to know even general events/concepts that come up**
I do want to say that I think the story itself would make an interesting full-length book (that’s the only reason it gets three stars instead of two). But (because of the time traveling, as written in the stage directions) I don’t understand how this could be done as a stage play. There are also some magical rules from the original canon that are completely disregarded, along with major characters’ personality traits (especially adult Ron who now seems to be a goofy alcoholic??) – which would be fine if this was presented as its own story, more in the realm of fan fiction. The main problem for me is that the book is presented as a true continuation of the original series, and the format simply doesn’t fit that.
I wish I had a more positive review for this one, I really do. If you are a fan of the series, you should probably read it just to be aware of what happens. If you’re not already a fan…don’t bother. The original seven are fantastic, though, so check those out instead.
My favorite quotes/passages from the series seem to frequently involve Dumbledore. This one’s from an exchange between a portrait of Dumbledore and adult Harry:
“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” (p. 258)