Review: The Cursed Child by JK Rowling

piranha stars turquoise 4About the book:

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.


Review by Katy Haye:

Well, I liked it; I didn’t love it. And to set the context for that, I adore the Harry Potter books, but in a normal, sane booklover manner. E.g. I ordered and read the last four on the weekend they were released, but I wouldn’t stay up late in a cloak and pointy hat waving around a twig in order to get a copy the moment midnight strikes.

Probably a big part of my lack of adoration was the presentation as a script rather than a novel (I am aware it’s a play, so I’ll accept the argument that its formatting is fair enough). But I found myself conjuring how various scenes could be done from a technical perspective, which was slightly distracting.

I like a nice time travel yarn and the story itself was smashing, the structure was good and the relationships were touching. (Snape, I fall in love with you a little more each time).

It made me want to see the play, which I guess means it’s done its job. I just didn’t quite sink into the world as thoroughly as I wanted to.

When not reviewing books, Katy Haye writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Check out her latest, Discord. It’s FREE this weekend only!

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