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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Hardcover) (4 user reviews)

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Hardcover)
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A good addition to the Harry Potter universe

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If you ignore some plot holes

*spoiler* time travel * end spoiler*

The play is quite good, a must for any Potter fan. Although I imagine it would be much better performed live as it should be intended as opposed to the books format here.

An enjoyable read that should be read for the nostalgia and not for the expectation of being a fully fleshed out story.

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Review originally appears on my book blog: The Book Fairy's Haven (http://bookfairyhaven.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/book-review-harry-potter-and-cursed.html)

I’ve seen a lot of criticism about this not being an actual book, which is rather ridiculous considering that this was originally written and adapted for stage.

To me, this book actually reads like a series of Throwback Thursday moments simply because of the fact that for most parts of the play, we explore scenarios set in the same landscape, but alternative universe in terms of time – and as such, we get to play witness to interactions with some of our old familiar favourites.

Of course, considering that this is the script of a play, a lot of the moments in the book often get lost in translation because we are only provided with snapshots of moments instead of fully developed and fleshed out scenes.

It’s enough to give us an overview of the characters and scenarios, but personally, it did leave me wanting more.

The best bits of the play-to-book script is the friendship that is explored between Scorpius and Albus (they're the most adorable duo ever) and the complex relationship that both of them have with their fathers (so many daddy issues yo).

To be frank, I’m not even sure why the relationship between the boys were made to be one that is simply a close friendship, considering all the subtext and UST (unresolved sexual tension). In fact, I’ve seen many people describe this as the Scorbus (Albus and Scorpius) fan fiction they’ve dreamed of and I’m inclined to agree.

To echo what I’ve said to a friend who asked about Albus and Scorpius: the subtext is so non-subtext that this book could just as well have paired the two together from the onset.

In terms of plot, there were several moments that left me scratching my head and one huge moment that I was certainly not expecting (I’m still ruminating on this aspect even though it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve read the book. I also find it hard to believe that a certain character is capable of feeling any form of feeling that isn’t tied to murderous intent, but I guess that is what Jo was banking on, so well played, Jo. Well played).

However, despite the fact that I feel like so many things were left unanswered and unaddressed (which I’m mostly excusing because ya know, SCRIPT and not novel (as mentioned above), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ended up being a fun and fantastical read and one whose play I'm definitely still interested in seeing.

Read it because it’s fun, but don’t expect epic character arc, development and intricate plots and sub-plots.

Great continuation of an epic fantasy.

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A great read, if not slightly disappointing, as you would imagine, the grittiness and imagery that Rowling could bring to the pages is lacking. However, having read all 7 previously, I can imagine the scenes perfectly! Definitely a must have for any Potter fan.

A good addition to the series

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A surprisingly quick read despite being in play format. Took me back to the days of reading Shakespeare for school, only much more entertaining and easier to keep track of. The story has lovely and unexpected twists and turns, with a fantastic display of all actions, no matter how small, have consequences.

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