Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on July 31st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
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.
Hello Harry Potter Fans!
I know I am a tad bit late on the ype train but I just wanted to let you all know that I finally read the 8th Book of the Harry Potter series which of course is, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child written by Jack Thorne, the amazing J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany. The characters that are mentioned in this book are of course the Potter’s which includes Albus and James Potter the son of Harry and Ginny Weasley-Potter. Scorpius Malfoy son of the ever so blonde Draco Malfoy. We also have the cleverest of witches Hermione Granger with her husband Ron Weasley and their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. As always we have the wonderful professors of Hogwarts one of them that I am going to mention without SPOILING the entire plot for you who have not read it is my personal favorite female professor Professor McGonagall. Now, I will mention and mention again “Harry Potter and the Cursed child is surely without a doubt a script of a play,it’s not a novel, therefore you can not read the book like a novel because it’s not a novel it’s a published scrip from the place that was performed earlier this year in the Palace Theatre, in London.
I think this is probably the main reason this book received so many mix reviews. We as Harry Potter fans, are used to seeing our characters in a more certain reader book format, which this script is not, because once again it’s a bloody script!
That being said, my first reaction about the script was I did not like it. That being said, I did not like the format of how the book was put together. I have scripts of comic books becoming transformed into scripts, my personal favorite is V for Vendetta movie script. Even within that script there are multiple different doodles, drawings, and notations that refer to the overall scene that’s about to happy to give either the multiple set directors, actors, and any or everyone else part of production of the movie a basic concept of what is happening in each and ever scene. [Check out this ARTICLE of that has PHOTOS of the Play itself] I felt this was what was lacking in the basic design of the book. There were not many descriptive nations of what was the scene setting, or the play setting of the play itself. I’m sure someone in the creation of the play has some type of set directions in transforming the stage into different scenes it just wasn’t well described in this book. A person would have to use a large amount of previous drama class imagination to figure out what the scene would look like between characters, and extremely tense emotional scene. While I was listening to the audio of the book, I found myself drawing pictures of what I though would be the scene for the acts. Now my copy of Harry Potter and the Curse Child has all types of doodles either in the physical margin of the book or in my red sketch book. I’m also glad for the fan art for this book because what I was feeling while reading this book was highly confusing.
Let me explain . . .
There are some key characters in this novel that were not actually in this novel, one of them being Teddy Lupin. He was completely missing from this entire play. Which to me is so damn odd seeing that Rose, Herminone and Ron’s child was an active member of the overall plot of the play but missing a very much loved Teddy Lupin!
What else was extremely odd about this book was it’s about “friendship” between Albus and Scorpius. At first I thought the “type” of “friendship” the script was talking about was the type of “friendship” parents try to use to explain their young children why Uncle John and Uncle George live together in a one bedroom apartment. I will admit I was really ashamed that my mind went that direction, I assume it was because I was reading so much Santino Hassell the previous week that my mind just won’t let go of an opportunity of creating an MM story line when there actually wasn’t. But seriously the ay they were called “friends” and the relationship between them I was sure the storyline was going to turn itself into classic,
“You’re my famous Dad Harry Potter, of course you are going to be annoyed if to embarrassed by your homosexual wizarding son Albus Severus Potter. I’ve already embarrassed you by being sorted into the Slytherin House, when no Potter in history has ever been sorted in such a house. Now on top of all that I am madly and deep in love with your Hogwarts rival, Draco Malfoy’s son! Why can’t you just love me for who I am Dad, Why!
[Albus Potter leaves a shocked and hurt Harry Potter. Albus sees the heartbreak of what he interrupts into deep disgust and disappointment and storms off (RUNS OFF STAGE LEFT) ].
Honestly that’s what I thought that was the direction in which this play was going and of course I was highly wrong. Way Wrong. Utterly and Completely Wrong. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was 100% completely about no coming-out-to-ones-parents type of friendship, which really annoyed me to the core. I’m not asking for Harry Potter to be gay but seriously if you just read the first few acts you will probably get the same vibe at the beginning as me, and of course where the hell is Teddy Lupin! I’m not even going to mention my favorite character of all time Luna Lovegood-Scamander, who may I add married Rolf SCAMANDER WHO is the Grandson of the author Newt Scamander who wrote the book “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them”, which even to the most inactive Harry Potter fan sounds extremely familiar? mHmmmm?
Overall I give this book a 3 stars because I love the fact that this book wasn’t in fact written by J.K. Rowling who is very much known for writing stories for charters-based story that will take you on such a heartbreaking, and character building roller coster that will have you either have you crying for love or utter sore depending on which chapter you’re emotionally heart decided to break. “The Curse Child”, is great for the fact that is basically takes place entirely during the Wizarding World which we are all have come to love, but it’s presented in away that Albus and Scorpius have never seen it since they have lived in a world without fear of the Dark Lord. That being said their are parts in which it really falters for me because of the characters spend so much time speaking about their “feelings” that I really felt like I was trapped in a therapist session with the characters instead of witnessing their actions their mental decisions have made. This goes back to my earlier mention that I wish the actors or set directions should of had the opportunity to make foot notes on the published portion of the “Cursed Child”, script that we all have copies of. I really feel that by letting people write their own stage direction or personal acting notes to the published script it would have added so much more for us readers to enjoy.
Now for the rating, honestly if this was written entirely by J.K. Rowling would be shouting from the mountain tops that she has lost her way, but once again I remind you that she did not write the playwright, she wrote the story and Jack Thorne did the adaptation for the playwright with John Tiffany is what I think is the director. None the less I feel that this play has really done the best it possible could because Harry Potter is such a huge fan base to rival with, the fact that they took this challenge head on without fear makes me give the book 4 stars. For me the Harry Potter world ended at the end of the Deadly Hallows book, but I’m still happy to support the Harry Potter name trying to prevent itself in different creative pathways.
I hope this encourages you to read or my in case listen to the audiobook of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, because it’s really worth the listen/read to. It’s not the Harry Potter that we grew up with but it’s still a wonderful Wizarding World Adventure that you’ll enjoy!