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.
I did not want to read this book when it came out.. so I didn’t. I heard bad review after bad review and was glad that I had just let it pass me by. But then I saw a copy at my library and I started doubting my decision. So I picked it up.
I went into this book with super low expectations and it’s best that I did because this story is absolutely awful.
I’ll try to explain without giving anything away. The people who have read it will understand anyway.
The story is as saintlike as George is. They invent someone’s pregnancy (she was not pregnant in the original story, she just wasn’t), they change brewing times for potions and they change (or have forgotten) details in the original storyline. These are mistakes you just can’t make with a franchise like Harry Potter. If you want to write a continuation, you do your research.
I only liked Scorpius, that’s it… Everyone else was either very unlikable or completely different from the original characters. Ron has become a filler character, Hermione changes many times throughout the story (one change more laughable than the other), Harry pffff don’t even get me started on Harry. And then there’s Draco, my favorite character, who has his good moments in this play, but at other times he barely resembles the Draco Malfoy I had gotten to love. There are others that I can’t talk about but the all just became charicatures of themselves.
I liked how short and fast is was. I liked the play format and it would probably be great on stage. But seriously, how did JK Rowling agree to this?
Harry Potter means so much to a lot of people, I wish they could have done it justice. Some people call it bad fanfiction and I see their point. I’ve read fanfiction that was a hundred times better than this. When you get your hands on something that’s loved by so many people, you should treat it with respect. And that’s what I was missing the whole time.