**No spoilers in this post**
One of my goals is to review a book every month. Initially I wanted to review self-help and personal growth books, but this month is a little different. I decided I wanted to review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I would be reading this book anyway.
I have to start by saying that I love the Harry Potter series and I have reread it so many times I have the books memorized. When I found out that there was a new book coming out, I was excited, even though it was just the screenplay version. I knew there was no chance that I would ever be able to see the play in London, so getting to at least read the script was something I was looking forward to.
In preparation for reading the newest book I started at the beginning and read them all over again, just like I did growing up when a new book came out.
I feel like a traitor for saying this, but I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I saw a lot of reviews where people loved the story but hated that it was just a screenplay. I felt the complete opposite. I didn’t mind that it was a screenplay, but I felt like the story was lacking.
If you know anything about the Harry Potter series you know that from the start there was always going to be seven books. From the start each of the books lead to the next one and there were things in past books that tied into later books.
With the newest book though, that is not the case. There is nothing in past books that hinted at a future book, but I didn’t think that this meant there couldn’t be a whole new series with Harry’s children. The problem with the Cursed Child though is that there are a lot of references to past events and some things that happen that just don’t make sense.
You can also tell that Rowling was just consulted and that she didn’t write it. When Rowling wrote the books she had a way of drawing you in and making it seem real. When it comes to spells and charms Rowling was great at making them up, but this isn’t the case with the Cursed Child.
When it comes down to it, I just felt that the story was forced. I could tell that Rowling never had any intention of writing another story. Personally I didn’t really care for this one, but if I ever had the chance to watch it either as a movie or play I would still go. Every Harry Potter fan should grab the book just so your collection can be complete. You can save money by purchasing it on Amazon.
Are you a fan of the Harry Potter series? Did you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? If so, what did you think?