As we reach the last day of December, we also come to the close of Pottermas for this year. For our final post Nicole and I will be reviewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Elizabeth will be reviewing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We would like to thank you all for following along with #Pottermas16 this month.
Author: J.K Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Publisher: Little Brown, UK
Publication date: July 31st, 2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads): 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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th and “final” book in the Harry Potter series. Though technically it is a screenplay based on a story written by J.K Rowling and John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne and not a full-fledged book. Therefore, the format of the book comes with stage directions and everything you expect to see in a theatrical production script, which some readers did not like.
One major point that had many readers in an uproar is the fact that this screenplay reads like fan fiction. Having read a very few number of fan fiction I can not fully attest to this being the case. However, many friends told me about the variety of fan fictions out there. As well as the many fan theories. I do find it interesting that some of those theories are now considered canon thanks to what happens in Harry a Potter and the Cursed Child.
While reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was often surprised as to what was happening in the story. Some of the things happening I couldn’t believe was what J.K. Rowling intended. I kept reminding myself that this is a collaboration between three people and that J.K did sign off on the final product. Though there were a few things I simply did not like or agree with, I did thoroughly enjoy being back in the wizarding world.
One of my favorite things about this story is the friendship of Scorpious and Albus. They both were living in the shadow of their fathers and dealing with the aftermath. Their friendship is a powerful reminder that we can’t hold onto grudges. Their friendship helps them to cope and survive with their inner demons throughout the book. Scorpious being head over heels for is Rose Weasley was also one of my favorite things. Her reaction to his constant attention gave the book a humorous break from the more serious parts.
As for the boy who lived? Oh! how I wish Harry Potter had been portrayed differently as an adult. I do not believe for one moment that Harry would behave the way he did in this book as an adult or as a parent. The same goes for Hermione. Ron was pretty spot on, I really enjoyed his portray as an adult.
The biggest theory that is now considered canon seems pretty crazy and far-fetched to me. However, I do approve because it involves things I have often joked about actually being true. I am enormously satisfied that it is now canon and part of the Harry Potter storyline. Many fans completely hated this theory being true, but I LOVE IT.
I would absolutely recommend all Harry Potter fans to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It might not sit well with all fans, but the outcome outweighs the bad, as does the opportunity to return to the wizarding world. A helpful tip for readers is to remember this is meant to be a play. Obviously, there is a whole other creative element to the story you are missing without the visuals and actors. Hopefully one day we will all get a chance to see the play live and get the full effect of the story.
Thank you again for following along with #Pottermas16 all month long. We hope you enjoyed our posts, and remember to come back next year for #Pottermas17.Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below.