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8.22.2016

The Eighth Story... | Harry Potter Review

I've had Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (affiliate) on preorder since the play was announced.  And then I got it.  And then I read it.  And I flagged pages.  And I took notes.  Now it's time to talk about it.  Unless you intend on reading it, then I suggest... go away!  Or sit back and realize just how big of a dork I am.

I thought I would get into a brief overview of the play or something, but decided not to for a couple reasons.  One, if you plan to to read the book/script, I don't really want to give away the plot.  Two, if you have read the book, you already know what happens.  Three... if you haven't read the book, and have no intentions to, a plot summary probably won't change that!  Instead, I'm going to pick out some aspects of the play that I found were interesting for one reason or another.  I tried very hard to keep in mind that the format of this story is not the same as the originals, and that I shouldn't compare the two.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play written by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling.  But, I feel like it was mostly Thorne and Tiffany writing, and Rowling just gave her blessing on what they wrote.  I feel like they had to include her as a writer, because there are so many scenes that came from the original HP series that they probably needed to credit her with.

On the return of the time-turner.  Why is everyone convinced that ALL of these were destroyed at the battle at the Ministry (book 5)?  Hermione was able to have one checked out in her third year, so it stands to reason that at the time of the battle, there were others that would have been checked out then.  Not to mention, ones that could have been in the hands of wizards that were not recorded.  As I mentioned above, there were many scenes that took place in the original books.  I think they (the writers) brought the time-turner back as a way to act out these scenes that everyone remembers.

Delphi.  So many things to say about her that would give apart the plot.  But at the very least... no one is wondering why she is skulking around Harry's house instead of making sure her uncle isn't making a scene?

Albus at Hogwarts.  He doesn't feel at home at Hogwarts, not like Harry did.  He's not even in the same house as the rest of his family.  But, between Hermione and Ron's kids, Albus's brother and sister, Bill and Fleur's daughter, Hagrid, Neville, Professor McGonagall, and all of Ron's/Hermione's/Harry's/Ginny's friends' kids, they ALL make him feel left out and shamed because of his house?

"Thank Dumbledore."  I'm unsure how many times this phrase is used in the script.  But I cringed every time someone said it.  Is this really a saying 15-19 years later?  Dumbledore = God?  It's especially weird coming from the kid who is named after Dumbledore.

"Oh Potter."  Keeping with the above, apparently "Potter" is a dirty word in an alternate universe.  I still.  Just.  I hope when the actors were reading the script, they realized how ridiculous some of these lines are.

Back to the time-turner.  The best part of the time-turner- and I feel the whole script- is we catch a glimpse of what life might have been like had Ron and Hermione not gotten together, if Cedric had lived, etc.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review


I started writing this review prior to actually finishing the book.  As I neared the end, I found myself enjoying it more and had every intention of going back and changing this review around a little bit.  But then, I read through all of the things I had written while in the middle.  I realized they all still hold true.  I enjoyed reading the story, but found (as with other reviews I've read) gaping holes in the storyline, and the whole plot just seems preposterous.  Witches, wizards, Quidditch, and dragons don't sound nearly as crazy as a world in which Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter / Hermione Granger / Ron Weasley team up to stop evil from taking over.

Bottom line, don't expect the same characters you loved from the original 7- they don't sound or act anything like them.  It's not a bad story, just different.  Do get the book, and read if you're curious on how life with the Potters may have carried on.  Or if you're a completest, you'll need it to finish off your collection!  If you've read the script, what are your thoughts?  Did I spoil anything for anyone, or deter anyone from reading?

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