Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “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.”

I can’t believe I’m actually giving something Harry Potter anything other than 5 stars!  I was debating between 3.5 and 4 but decided to round up, since it is Harry Potter.

I saw some people had a problem with the book being a play, which I didn’t agree with.  I guess since I’m used to having to read scripts, it wasn’t all that weird.  At the same time, I can’t really picture this being a play in the first place.  It seems weird that they would change the entire set and characters for a scene that lasts only 2 pages.  And the underwater scenes felt like they would be weird on stage, but what do I know.  They must pull it all off somehow.

I stayed away from ALL spoilers when it came to the storyline of this book/play.  Other than the title and that it took place 19 years later, I knew nothing (Jon Snow – sorry, I had to).  Honestly, I was a little disappointed to learn what the main conflict was.  Of course I wanted to know what Harry and co. would turn out like, along with their kids, but there were SO MANY other places the story could have been taken.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

I mean, saving Cedric.  Really?!  Maybe if this had been a novel and we had gotten more details and side stories, it would have been alright, but to focus on that…  I was never a fan of Cedric and the whole time I was hoping they would fail and move onto something else.  Like if they had figured out Delphi’s secret earlier on, maybe.

Give me an entire series on Albus and Scorpius and Rose.  I hate how this is all we get of them.  I want to know more of what happened in those three years that were just skipped over in the beginning.  Why did Harry and Albus’s relationship chance so drastically?

It was fun seeing all our favorite characters interacting with each other again.  Even though they didn’t seem to fully be themselves.  Can anyone explain to me why Ron was basically Fred/George?

Overall, it kind of felt like a decent fan fiction, rather than actual canon.  I’m glad I read it, and I think every Harry Potter fan should, but I definitely won’t be rereading it as much as I will the original series.

I want to talk about everything, so once you’ve read it, leave a comment with what you thought!

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