Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Recently I got the chance to read the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child but J.K Rowling. I don't know if it's right to call this by J.K Rowling because in fact this is a story by J.K Rowling. Officially Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is described as;
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.
Originally it's a play, so this book is not a novel but a script. Speaking of scripts, I can not recall reading a script before, (maybe I did read a script before for English class in 9th grade but that is another story). (Oh, we were talking about the book,right) Since the book was a script, I feel like it lacked the amazing descriptions of J.K Rowling. Hence it reveals less about the contemporary wizarding world. Before we move on you can go check out more about the play and the book on pottermore.com
Many people have said and written about the play and the book of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Some said it's a bad written fan fiction, some liked it, some did not. There were even arguments on Hermione being black in the play which J.K Rowling, herself shut down the argument by saying that skin colour was not in the books.Back to the book, personally I read next generation fan fictions of Harry Potter from time to time, and there were some I really enjoyed. I expect the people who were more into this fan fiction based Harry Potter fandom will be disappointed. Comparing to those fan fic I read before, Cursed Child lacked a lot of description and character development of many characters such as Rose and Hugo Weasley, James and Lily Potter (Junior), there were quite a few scenes of them in the script but everything was mostly based around Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy.
After this point, this post will contain spoilers...
Let me tell you a bit about the story. The play/book begins where we left Harry at King Cross Train Station at platform 9 3/4. Albus Potter (Harry&Ginny Potter's 2nd child/son) and Rose Weasley (Hermione&Ron Granger/Weasley's first child/daughter) get on the Hogwarts Express, and in short Albus becomes friends with Scorpius Malfoy (Draco Malfoy's son). Albus got sorted into Slytherin, they are no longer friends with Rose. Hence Albus's only friend is Scorpius. Albus and his father (Harry) don't really get along and they don't understand each other. I would have said Albus sinks into a really bad depression, but it's not right to say that since we only get to read what they say to each other. This is why a script is not a good thing. Maybe that's why we should watch the play. I don't want to talk negative things about the story but clearly it has a lot that lack such as emotions.
I don't want to reveal more about the story, so lets talk about the characters and their relations with each other.
Minerva McGonagal has been one of my favourite characters in the series, and now 19 years later, she is the headmistress of the Hogwarts and thats all I needed to know, I'm happy for her.
Hermione Granger is the minister of Magic now, even though we don't get to know much about her life and attitude and all that stuff ( I would like to read about her life now though) she is doing well with her husband and 2 kids. what bothers me is Hugo is only mentioned once in the book. As you may have guessed she is devoted herself to her work while Ron is more into bringing up the kids and running the joke shop
Harry Potter is now the head of magical enforcement, his scar starts to hurt after like 22 years and turns out he can still speak parseltongue. There were some comments saying that the way that Harry portrayed in Cursed Child doesn't make sense. However as he said he did not get any father figure he could look up on while bringing up his children. I think that is why he and Albus had so many arguments in the book.
Voldemort comes back like a few times and ministry people are still scared that his supporters will do some dark magic stuff. Oh and he has a daughter from Bellatrix Lestrange, I always felt some kind of a romance between those two but anyway you can't tell anything like this in Cursed Child because there is no freaking descriptions ( I mean they are not enough)
Those were the characters I wanted to mention, obviously there are a lot more characters in the book such as Severus Snape. Don't ask why he is in the book, you should read or go to the play, but all I've got to say about him is that I'm finally convinced that he is a good man.
Ok, this post is getting really long so I will sum up the whole thing here, ( maybe I will write a second extended review) .
To sum up, even though I did not like the book being a script and lacking emotions, I liked the story, maybe I just love the characters or the series. However the book had a really fast pace, this leads to a few years in 300 pages. So I finished the book in less than 2 days and I did get my sleep and everything. (I mean I did not give up on my life and still managed to finish this book in such a short time) . On the other hand, for me this story was some kind of closure to the story of Harry Potter. I remember finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and craving for more, how they were doing(?). Now I finished reading the Cursed Child, I don't have the same feeling of craving for more, I'm like "Ok this is it" and it is a fact that I've read next generation fan fics that made me crave for more.
Some called it bad fan fiction, some loved it. Whatever you call it, magic is back with Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and I can't wait to get a ticket and watch the play.
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