Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Published July 31st, 2016 by Little, Brown

352 pages

ISBN: 9780751565355

Links: Goodreads / Amazon UK

Date started: 7.8.16

Date finished: 9.8.16

Plot Summary

This book is a script of the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play by Jack Thorne. It includes some of our favourite characters from the original book and focuses on older versions of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco as well as their children.

I don't want to give too much away about this book because I went into it not knowing anything about the plot. I feel like If I did I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much so I'm not going to spoil it for you. 

Although they may be older, life isn't that much easier for our favourite characters. While Harry struggles with the past that refuses to stay in the past, his son Albus struggles with the weight of his family and the past on his back. Needless to say, there are many twists and turns on the way and battles to fight. What trouble will they all find themselves in this time?

My Thoughts

I, the same as many people, was anticipating the release of this book for a while. Although excited to read it, I was also slightly apprehensive. From a young age, I have always been an avid fan of Harry Potter. I grew up reading the books therefore, I feel I had very high expectations of the book.

Overall I did enjoy this book and I gave it 4 stars, however, it didn't entirely meet my expectations.

For those of you who don't know, it is a script, not a novel. It is the first book I have read in this format and for me, it took a while to get into it and adjust to the change from reading novels. In the beginning, I felt like I was always having to double check who was speaking, however, after reading a little more it did become easier to read.

Before reading this I managed to avoid reading any reviews or spoilers. I feel that if I had known anything about the plot I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. When it comes to the plot, although I did enjoy some of the twists and turns, I don't think it added anything to the original series. Some of it just felt a bit unnecessary. That being said, I did really enjoy being back in the magical world, I felt like I was 13 again and it as made me want to re-read the originals. That is mainly why I gave it the fourth star. I do really want to see it on stage now to see how it is played out, although at this rate I may never get tickets! 

Have you read the book? What did you think of it?


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