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2016 Reading Challenge Book 25 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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I think we can quite comfortably say that this is going to be the week of the book reviews (that I can’t input onto Goodreads because it will fuck with my Reading Challenge for the year…!). I wasn’t even going to write this but then before I knew it my brain had thought the idea and my hands had started typing away and now here we are (and the post that I was going to do is gonna take more time to write and think about then my Wednesday will allow).

The book I am talking about is this gorgeous little thing:

Bonus Book Review - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
2016 Reading Challenge, Book 25, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Let’s be real it is probably no secret at this point that I am more than a little bit in love with Harry Potter. Pretty much always have been, probably always will be.  I spent 3 hours in a queue that ended up chucking me out to try and get tickets for December of NEXT year because I am that kind of obsessed (I should say that part was really not that hard, the window just existed in the corner while I lived my life and did work). I read this very play that I spent all that time in that nothing queue for in all of two hours.

It was kind of a bit of a head fuck and it was sort of very weird to jump back into this world that even though I can still find a way to bring up in every single conversation I had kind of left behind and accepted was sort of done with. And then it wasn’t and there was this.

I enjoyed it. I mean I was very aware of the fact that it was an actual script (the reaction to that, not gonna lie is making me laugh a little) and so in that respect it kind of required an even greater suspension of belief as it were. I was very aware the entire time that I was missing a HUGE element of the story because plays by their very nature are meant to be performed.

There’s kind of only so much you can gather from words on a page and whereas with a novel the world is being built around the dialogue and an image is being created in your head, with a script you don’t get that. Because well it’s all on the stage and the stage directions are just sort of guidelines that give nothing away. However having said that, and this makes that whole waiting in a queue thing that I did earlier all the worse for me, as I was reading it I became fully fascinated as to how the hell they would pull it off on a stage. It has some serious magical elements to it, which is what makes the Harry Potter world the Harry Potter world and I’ve seen some pretty impressive things occur on a live stage but nothing that seems to be even close to this. There’s polyjuice potion and moving through time and at some point they’re in an actual lake, it’s ambitious to read. I really need to see how it would play out.

Onto the characters. I am mildly, a little bit, sort of obsessed with Scorpius because he’s kind of wonderful. Albus is interesting and the tension between him and Harry was interesting to see play out (and because I am trash for tension it definitely could have gone even further for me and I still would have loved it). All the adult characters I just gained a new wave of appreciation for. Seeing Cedric at all…here for it. Not enough Rose and the villain was not someone that I saw coming but when it was revealed it was one of those ‘ugh duh!’ moments.

So yeah, I liked it. It was fun to return to a world that holds a special place in my life/heart even if only for the two hours that it took me to read it.

4/5 stars

Parentheses count: 5. See you at the weekend!

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