“And it left me wanting more”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
-J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
My Shelves: Fantasy
SoulSpeak rating: ♥♥♥ (3.5/5)
Goodreads rating: 4.21/5
19 years ahead of where we left off, this book depicts the next generation in the Harry Potter saga (if I may call it that). As most of us already know, Harry and Ginny’s son Albus is the “cursed child” – he gets sorted into Slytherin (the only spoiler! Oops, sorry!), becomes friends with Draco Malfoy’s son, and starts a mission to redo some of the mistakes his famous father made. All this at a time when the dark forces are gathering power and Harry’s scar has just started hurting (after 22 years, no less).
Things I liked
The thing I liked best is the plot – it’s typical HP stuff – it has the usual drama, adventure, and of course, magic. The characters, of course, are as lovable as always. The next generation is similar to the previous one and as endearing. The authors have added some new dimensions to the story by throwing in a strained father-son relationship between Harry and Albus – another thing that I liked.
But you know what’s best? The familiar comfort of all things magic we’ve been missing for years – polyjuice potion, time-turners, mysterious birds, and blood-curdling prophecies.
Also enjoyed – how the plot touches upon all the other books in the series, in some way or the other. Brings back the memories 🙂
Things I didn’t
For me, the play form just doesn’t cut it. Of course, it was written as a West End stage play, but I still expected more. Sans Rowling’s imagery and elaborate description of Hogwarts and the rest of the Wizarding world, this is but a stream of incidents involving some of our favorite characters in the history of literature. The scenes are short, and interspersed with dreams/nightmares from Harry’s life, leaving us with just a taste of the original flavor.
While the more proficient among us can easily conjure (like the pun, eh?) the images in our minds, integral scenes such as the kids’ arrival at Hogwarts, the sorting hat ceremony, and the classes – are too short. It seems like too much happens in the sparsely filled 350 odd pages, leaving the reader breathless, at best. Maybe, I just had expectations a tad too high from Rowling, but hey, don’t blame me! She spoiled us by giving us the last 7 books!
“Too much, in too little a time span leaves the reader breathless”
While I didn’t love this, I definitely didn’t dislike it either. All I want to say is, it could be better.
I’d compare it to watching a black and white version of a movie you had previously been watching on HD. Yes, you still love the story and the characters (partly ‘coz you literally grew up with them), but only because you had been deprived of them for years.
Advice (to you)
Don’t expect this to be a continuation of the series/sequel. Read it as fan-fiction. And you won’t be disappointed. This is not exactly the Eighth book. Not to me, it wasn’t.
Advice (to Rowling)
Don’t touch this series. You created perfection. Now let it be. Just convert this script into a full-fledged novel (I’m pretty sure they would – it would rake in a million bucks) and then let this be.
“Dear Rowling, please don’t tamper with the past”
(those of who’ve read this will get the joke 😉
Have you read this yet? Let me know your views!