Justin’s #6 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, 320 pages

I just reviewed a plethora of Harry Potter books I finished up recently. At the end of such a venture, I thought I might as well read the newest Potter book out, with a little nudge from JRF (and you can see his review here).

I’ll just say it: I didn’t like this book. Adapted from the theater version of this story, the book reads like a script. That gets annoying and there’s no room for the detail that you come to expect from Potter books. In addition, the storytelling isn’t even good. The premise of the book follows Harry’s son, Albus. Harry is an auror for the Ministry of Magic, Hermione and Ron are married with the former being the Minister of Magic and the latter the owner of Fred and George’s joke shop. Albus is sorted into Slytherin his first year, and makes friends with Harry’s rival’s, Draco Malfoy, son, Scorpius. What is really frustrating about this book is it skips time like crazy. At first you see Albus sorted into Slytherin his first year, and then you are transported to his third or fourth year where the action and story really start. It seems slightly perfunctory to go through all that drama just to start in the fourth year.

And things don’t improve. I don’t want to ruin the plot for those who haven’t read it, but let’s just say it just doesn’t get better. There are so many holes that don’t make sense to the original series. I KNOW this sounds kind of nerdy, but it really seems like a piece of fan fiction that doesn’t add up to the quality we’ve come to expect from the master storyteller, J.K. Rowling.

However, it is part of the cannon so I had to give it a try. It will probably be my only run through.

And I hope this side of my nerdiness will go away for some time.

2 Comments on Justin’s #6 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, 320 pages

  1. tomato/tomahto

    to be fair its been a while since I’ve read the original series, so if I had just come off of reading those the discontinuity would have probably been more apparent.

    for the record you are a spoiled nerd.

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