Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffa

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My recommended age: 9 and up... let's face it, if they've read the other 7 they are fine!

And they are back!!  Harry, Ron, Hermione and their kids!  Ok so I have to admit it- I really like reading about Harry Potter and his friends.  Maybe that's pathetic for a grown up mom, but it is what it is.  The thing is, after a 9 year break (not that I haven't reread the original series in that time... quite possibly more than once), I was reluctant to pick up this book for several reasons.  

First and foremost, I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading the story as a play.  Outcome- didn't bother me at all!!  Once I started reading and got into the story, my mind just converted the dialog to reading as if I had a novel in front of me, and I didn't even notice.  

Second, I really liked the ending of Deathly Hallows, and I was happy with how everyone turned out.  I was worried that reading this new book would tarnish the "warm fuzzy" feeling I had about all the characters from the original books.  Outcome?  It wasn't a problem at all!  For the most part I liked how every one turned out and there were even a few characters that I liked even better by the time I finished!!

Finally, I wasn't sure how I felt about new authors taking over the story writing.  Now I realize that J.K. Rowling consulted or helped or whatever on the book, but this story wasn't her writing... and on this one I did notice a bit of a difference.  I felt like there was just a slightly different style of writing and that there were several situations that just weren't believable...even despite the fact that it's a book about witches and wizards in hiding!  There were just too many "no way" moments that I felt couldn't have been resolved nearly as easily as they were.  Let's put it this way, in the original 7 books I always felt like even though the wizarding world wasn't real- it could be.  That the wizards were just doing a great job of keeping us muggles in the dark.  But in this story there was just a bit too much over the top that I thought "well that was a stretch, even for magic".  This definitely is not a deal breaker for me, but for sure it's not up to the previous series' standards.

Overall, I am happy that I read the new Harry Potter book, and I'm sure I will read future installments.  I did hear a rumor that Harry won't be featured in any more of the books, which would be a huge disappintment!! While this book was not as great as the originals, it was definitely worth 2 hours of my time on a Saturday afternoon!!  And it helped me remember that I really do love reading about Harry's adventures!!



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