Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I’ve read it!

I largely liked it, too. In part I think because it was a bit of a nostalgia trip. There were a couple of things I was less keen on, but overall I gushed about it. As we’ve come to expect from Rowling, the book contained a number of great quotes about different things, such as pain and fear.

Anyone who doesn’t understand Dumbledore – and other characters – better by the end of the book/play, I’m surprised at you.

One thing that made it a bit different in tone to what I’m used to regarding a Potter story was that – as it was written as a play – the descriptions were a bit lighter on some things. They did include notes about characters’ expressions/ emotions, but still. Something didn’t quite sit well with me about it. Not in a bad way exactly, but – well – it’s a bit tricky at times to tell what certain characters are thinking, given that unless they have a monologue about it, their emotions and so on are usually seen through the judgement of other characters.

The story was unexpected. Overall, it was a nostalgia trip, an advice-giver and a bit of fun about family, friendship and fame.

Jenna has given a more detailed (mildly spoilery but not really) take on the advice-giving gems here.

And there’s another (quite spoiler-heavy in plot description) take. I agree with it – the play format is what makes it different. A “proper” book could’ve delved deeper into some things – but it would’ve been a different book then.

One thought on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  1. You’re right, it was definitely a “nostalgia trip”! It’s also true that the format doesn’t allow you as deeply into the characters’ minds and motives. You can’t tell what they’re thinking, only what they’re saying and doing. And it’s not a “bad” thing, it’s just not what we’re used to. Nice review, Myzania 🌟

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