TITLE: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
RATING: mixed feelings.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: J.K. Rowling read my fanfiction, watched Avatar, and then made a play about Harry Potter being a dad and his son.
First, let’s talk about the format. After reading seven books about Harry Potter in traditional prose, it is weird to read it in a play format. You really have to pay attention to the dialogue and the descriptions of the action taking place to understand certain scenes, but it’s not horrible. Because of the format, it makes the story fast paced and easy to read. There were times where it felt like a lot has happened in a matter of pages. This could either be a good thing, or a bad thing, personally I liked it.
For those who like their heroes to be perfect from childhood to adulthood, shouldn’t read this book. Harry Potter, as father, is immensely flawed and that’s okay. It was off putting at first but it makes sense if you think about it. Harry Potter didn’t have a father to look up to growing up, he has no example of what it means to be a dad, so now that it’s his turn, he’s going in blind. Also, these flaws add a new layer to our hero. It’s a reminder that they’re not little kids anymore. Legend of Korra does something similar with Aang’s character too, and maybe that’s why I didn’t mind it.
As for the rest of the story, I thought it was fun to see our favorite characters all grown up, but it’s nowhere near to the magical fun experienced in the books. There are just some things that this format can’t show as well as the original series does.