Today we have my good friend and work colleague, Clare guest-posting on the blog. We have been meaning to do this for a while now, but as usual the busyness of life got in the way!
But without further adieu, I hand you over to Clare…
About Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: 31st July 2016
Pages: 320 Pages
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.
Thanks to Charlotte for firstly, lending me her copy of the Cursed Child to read and secondly, for letting me guest post on on her blog! You can also find Charlotte’s review on my blog too.
Well, let’s start with two things before I get going:
- I am by no means the biggest Harry Potter fan, so please don’t hate me if I possibly say a few things that I didn’t like, and:
- My review WILL contain spoilers, so you have been warned! I’ve placed my review behind the ‘read more’ tag, so you’ve been doubly warned!
Two words can best describe how I felt about reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and they are: what the…?
If I’m truly honest, I’m not sure what I expected. I know it’s set 19 years later, but I think your mind will forever place Harry Potter and his associates in Hogwarts as teenagers! I couldn’t get over the fact that Harry Potter had children – teenage children!
It all begins in the same way as it did for Harry, many moons ago. Kings Cross station, Albus (Harry’s son) embarks on his Hogwarts journey and jumps aboard the express train. During the journey he becomes good friends with Scorpius (Draco’s son) and as they say, the rest is history.
The pair eventually end up hating Hogwarts and Albus in particular hates his father – just a normal day in the life of a teenager, right? Wrong! A normal day doesn’t exist when you’re a wizard, so you can expect some magical scenarios and possibly a few unfortunate deaths too.
Voldermot clearly has prominence in the story and as ever, people are scared he’s going to make a return. I would say this (and the fact that Albus hates Harry) are the two main, and only things, that happen in the story. If you’re a big HP fan, you’ll clearly remember that Voldermot was defeated and all was well in the world, if you’re not familiar, then oops, you probably don’t need to read the other books!
One BIGGGG question I have for whoever wrote the Cursed Child (I’ve heard it wasn’t J.K.Rowling!)
Was Ron Weasley actually part of the original Harry Potter stories, or am I being thick?
Rhetorical question, I know he was a BIG part of the series!
In this book, Ron was portrayed as a joke and had no real involvement in the story, at all. This I didn’t like. Given that he was a pivotal character in previous novels, why was he so undervalued in this one? I really didn’t get it! He just popped in when people were serious and made a ‘joke’, just to alert people he was still there.
Personally, I don’t think the story had that strong of an impact as the stage show would (or does). It’s written as a script, so you automatically need to use your imagination to conjure the surroundings and that didn’t bother me, it was more that, as lots of people have suggested, it was written as mediocre fan fiction.