Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book coverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, play by Jack Thorne

Let me preface this review by saying that I had heard that die-hard Harry Potter fans, like myself, were finding Cursed Child to be wanting. I almost decided not to read the play, figuring I would only be disappointed. However, I am glad that I went ahead and read it. While not being completely on par with the rest of the Harry Potter novels, Cursed Child was not nearly as bad as I feared. Being a play instead of a novel has both upsides and downsides. The pace moves along at a fairly quick clip with only a few lulls in the action but because of this, there is very little character development beyond surface motivations. Yet, I was comforted to see that the magical world that I love was still recognizable and the story felt like it fit within the mythos. So, if you have more than lukewarm feelings toward the Harry Potter series, I would still recommend this play but I would also caution you to temper your expectations down a few notches because this is not another Harry Potter novel.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  1. Thanks for your review! I have been on the fence about reading this but you might have convinced me! Are you listening to the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast? The hosts are working through the series, treating the books as one would a religious text. It’s a bit odd but also amazing. I am rereading the series along with them (they cover a chapter per week). I’ve read the books many times but they never get old.

    1. Hi Kendra! I haven’t listened to the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast. Thanks for the suggestion. I can see where they could make Harry Potter a religious text. It probably is akin to that to some people anyway! My husband is of the sarcastic opinion that the Harry Potter books are just Gryffindor propaganda pieces. =) Might be time for a reread myself!

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