Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Genre: Play-book
Book Name: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Pages: 327
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Little Brown

Some books are not supposed to be published. Just like bibliophiles hate a movie when it is badly made out of a novel, in this case, it was the other way around. What should have simply stayed as a play, was written as a book, merely to cash in on the popularism of Harry Potter series. No comments on the play, since the reviews have still been glowing. But this book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, falls way below expectations. I completed reading it in 2 hours timefame and my takeaway is why so hullabaloo on Harry Potter and his son Albus, when clearly the winners were Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius. The scenes in this book/play are so repetitive – like cut out from different scenes from previous “genuine” Harry Potter books. Even the way this is written has absolutely no emphasis on characters’ expressions or the storyline. The repetitive time travel  after two twists seemed like a farce and I felt like crying out loud. The writers and publishers should have stopped at 7th and the final book of the series.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

About the author:
J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, The Casual Vacancy, and Cormoran Strike crime series. J.K. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut and is a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World, due for release in November 2016.

John Tiffany directed Once, for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway. As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass. He was the director of Let the Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St Ann’s Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at ART and on Broadway and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year.

Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, both directed by John Tiffany, The Solid Life of Sugar Water for the Graeae Theatre Company and the National Theatre, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, and 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for HighTide. On film his credits include War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys. For television his credits include The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue, Cast-Offs and National Treasure. He won BAFTAs in 2016 for Best Mini-Series (This Is England ’90) and Best Single Drama (Don’t Take My Baby), and in 2012 for Best Drama Series (The Fades) and Best Mini-Series (This Is England ’88).

Rating: 6/10
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About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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