Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by Jack Thorne

Set 22 years after the last Harry Potter book and the Battle at Hogwarts, we now see what the Potters and that Granger-Weasley's are up to.  Well, their children to be more specific.  It is time for Ron & Ginny's middle child Albus to head to Hogwarts.  On the train there, Albus meets his very best friend for the first time - Scorpius Malfoy.  Yes, Draco's son.  And that isn't even the major conflict in this story.  No, the world as we know it is in danger.  Maybe these boys created this danger, but lets not worry about that.  In the end, it is up to these boys and their parents to figure out how to save it.

I held off as long as I could, but I have been feeling all nostalgic about Harry Potter lately.  I think I want to blame it on the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I saw when halfway through this book.  I loved the movie by the way, and can't wait to see it again and again.

This book, though, started out feeding my nostalgia.  A lot of "check out who is with who" and "oh, so that's what they are doing now" and so on.  But that fades quickly, and then you get into the meat of the story.  And overall, I'd say that I liked it but wasn't blown away by it at all.  I'm not well versed in reading scripts though, so I think I may have been missing some of it.  I can appreciate the idea that this really is meant to be seen on a stage.  While I was reading this, I was a little overwhelmed by the quick scenes and the changing settings but I think that would be very cool to see performed.  I am really curious about how some of this actually gets played out on stage.  I'll have to be more patient for that though... I think I have at least 18 months before it comes to the US, and who knows how long it will take to see it once it does come here!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by Jack Thorne
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016
327 pages
Source:  Library


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