It’s taken me ages to write this blog post but I finally am! After freaking out at the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child midnight book launch in Piccadilly, London, I had finally got the book in my hands and I was so excited to read it. It took me four hours to read because I could not put it down! In this blog post, I will be giving a non-spoiler review to #KeepTheSecrets.
Here is the blurb of the book & play.
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.
When I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it had not been what I had expected. I went to read it with an expectation that it would be happy and cheerful but as you can tell from the title and blurb, it’s not. It tests your emotions and whether you’re strong enough to hold those tears back.
Even though the story is quite sad and has a dark tone towards it, it’s just like any other Harry Potter book and involves the themes of Friendship, Family and Love. It had it’s funny moments as well (which I had to be careful not to laugh at because I was reading in the middle of the night). I found it both easy and difficult to read; easy because the dialogue and stage directions were very clear to read and I could easily tell which character was saying what, but as it’s a play and I’m not an actress, it was difficult to read because it doesn’t have as much detail as a book, as it is a script for the play. I am actually very grateful that another story has been written though and that it’s a play but I like to read books more than scripts.
My favourite character in the story has definitely got to be Scorpius but I’m not going to say why as some people may be fans that haven’t read it yet, who flinch even if you mention a word to do with the Cursed Child. Albus is obviously one of my favourite characters as well, but I kind of like Scorpius more (sorry Albus).
Lots of people had been saying that they disliked it and it was rubbish but I actually liked it and I’m glad with the way it turned out. If you think about it, J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany had quite a lot of pressure on their shoulders as this was the next story in Harry Potter! They could have easily messed it up but they didn’t which I’m very happy about.
Although, the one thing about the story that bothered me is that it’s something that I’ve seen before. You know those few times when you’ve gone on Wattpad and there are loads of stories that are so cliché and you would only ever click on them if you’ve got nothing else to read? One of the big plot twists was exactly that. I had already seen so many Harry Potter fanfictions that have had that idea (they used it differently in their fanfictions compared to how it was used in the Cursed Child though) and it was a bit cringey reading it. I don’t let this bother me completely though, as the way they’ve put it together with the story is good.
Another thing which I had expected the story to have quite a lot of but didn’t, was the amount of characters from the past seven books. I had been hoping there would be more of the characters because after the Deathly Hallows, you always wonder what had happened to them. They did mention quite a few characters but there wasn’t a lot of characters in it, but then again, you have to think. This is a play and they can’t have too many characters with a small cast (the cast is actually quite big but when you compare it to all of the characters in the HP series, it’s a bit small). However, there are a lot of surprises in what characters that are actually in the play. Some of the characters that popped up in the play actually shocked me!
I did enjoy it quite a lot but I think I’ll enjoy it a lot more when I go and watch the play next summer. I totally recommend it if you’ve read Harry Potter. The story will break your heart at first but it all works out in the end. I really do hope they make another story though, just to show what has happened to all the other characters in the Wizarding World.
Thank you for reading!