Hello everyone! This is a really exciting post for me as I have been eagerly waiting and anticipating this release since it was announced over a year ago. I knew when it was announced that they were going to be doing a play that somehow the script would make it on bookshelves as J.K. Rowling is a wonderful woman and knows how much these characters and this world means to all of her loyal readers across the world. So, I have been waiting for this book for a loooooong time. I pre order it the moment it was available for pre order back in February and have been patiently avoiding any and all spoilers.
I should clarify a couple of things before I start this very special review. I’m not going to go into too much detail over the story because I went into it with no knowledge and J.K. Rowling requested that that is how the reader goes into it. I believe that this book can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys and over the Harry Potter world, but a reader MUST keep the following points in mind while they are reading:
- This is a script- not a novel. I think that this is the singularly most important thing to keep in mind because I think a lot of readers are going into this expecting another wonderfully developed and written novel. It is a script and reading a script is much different from reading a novel.
- This is based on a short written by J.K. Rowling, but is not directly written by J.K. Rowling. She had input and I think in part a good amount of it is pulled from a post Deathly Hallows writing, but she did not write the script. While it is still a fantastic play, this will play a part in what readers take from the story as there are some leaps that are made in this story that may be a little reaching for most of the fan base.
When it was released that the play would be presented in two parts on two separate days/times- I decided that I would read the script in the same manner. They knew what they were doing when they made that decision and I wanted to follow along with that. I also knew that this was a rehearsal script and wanted to envision everything as if I were there in theatre’s watching it in person.
Overall I actually did enjoy the script and the story. There were a few issues that I had with the fundamentals of a character or two that and with an aspect of the storyline falling a little flat in places, but overall taking into account what this was, I enjoyed reading it. I felt like it was a great concept and the first part did a great job of setting up the story and left the story on a wonderful cliffhanger. The story started out right where we left off with Deathly Hallows and felt exactly like I was I returning home.
I think the biggest downfall (even taking into account the above two items), the very end of the play, Act IV, was simply trying too hard I felt. There were a couple spots where I had issues with the story trying to hurry along and it just felt lacking in some spots. Other than that though, I really enjoyed the story! Also, I hear that next year it should be coming to New York; if that is true, I’m going to be there in a heartbeat!
Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? I would love to talk with you about your thoughts and opinions on the script!