Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)
Series: Harry Potter
Authors: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Date Published: July 31st of 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Synopsis: (from the book’s GoodReads page here)
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.
Rate: 2 of 5
Before I delve into my thoughts on the latest Harry Potter book, I just want to tell you that I am also one of the thousands that absolutely love Harry Potter. I mean, who doesn’t?
I sort of fell out of love with reading when I went to college. I often picked up books and just chucking them off halfway into it. And maybe I was seventeen or sixteen when I picked up a book again (oh so randomly) and then just read it. I was surprised to find myself lost again in another world. It had been so long since that happened to me. It was Harry Potter. So, I have this strange affinity with Harry Potter books. Alright, maybe even the movies.
Imagine my excitement when I learned that HP will have a new book out! I was screaming with glee. And so begun my venture into the HP world again. I was disappointed.
It was not how I pictured it to be. Maybe I expected too much. It seemed like a desperate rehash of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I lived for this series. But…this one. It just. It just isn’t what I thought it would be. (Granted, it’s made for a play.) The fact that I didn’t like this one makes me so sad.
I have no words as to how sad I am right now. I gobbled up the book in two nights (I think?) hoping that it would get better along. Most of the time while I was reading I paused and just shouted, “WAIT WHAT?!” I don’t want to make it sound like such a bad book. But, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It made me realize that maybe the ending of the Harry Potter series really did lie in Deathly Hallows–it was the ultimate closure in the world of Harry Potter that I know of.
It was like I was reading fanfiction. And to be honest, fanfictions are actually good at times. (I read this HP fanfiction once right after I finished the series because I can’t process the fact that HP was done, and I LOVED it.) Reading this, made me feel like this wasn’t all real. That this was just another story made, that it was just another version. I refused to just let the story sink in.
I am so sad. I just don’t know how to phrase my disappointment with this. So forgive my super-scattered thoughts on this. It just wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. And now I wish that they just let it end.
Nevertheless, I hope you do read it. It IS still Harry Potter. And there is no bad bread as long as it’s Harry Potter, am I right? Hahaha. Anyway, yeah. I hope if I didn’t enjoy this one, at least you would if you decide to read the book.