Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Welcome back dear readers! We have finally returned from our mid-year holidays. And we are also finally back to write some reviews! Today we have an interesting one, as you can see it’s the final book of the Harry Potter series. We have already reviewed books 1,2,3 and 4. We loved these books, in fact Harry Potter is our combined favourite series. They got solid 5/5 star ratings! Alex hasn’t read the whole series yet, but Nilou has. So since she felt such an urge to discuss this book, she will do so now. Once Alex catches up, this review shall be edited to include his opinion. However with this book, we have bit of a variation to the program… You’ll find out why in a moment! Enjoy!
Story Line (Nilou):
This 8th book of the Harry Potter series starts off where the 7th book left us. You find yourself in a very nostalgic setting, back at the train station. We meet up once again with the old crew (Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny) and become familiar with their children, the brand new characters to this story (Albus, James, Lily, Rose, Hugo and Scorpius).
During this book, both the children and adults play a huge part in the story line. Not only do we get to see our beloved heroes (Harry, Ron and Hermione) become inspiring role models for their children but we also get to see them partake important jobs, such as working for the Ministry of Magic.
This book takes many important twists and turns in the overall Harry Potter story. But for the purposes of avoiding spoilers, I shall not name them. Many terrible and devastating things happen, followed by a rush of adventure and passion for these problems to be resolved.
We get to see bands of witches, wizards and muggles working together, no matter whether Griffindor or Slytherin. We get to once again experience the blossoming relationships between the characters of the Harry Potter universe.
My Thoughts (Nilou):
I know, I know.
Seriously Nilou? 2.5/5 stars? REALLY?!
Yes dear readers, I’m sorry to say it, but I didn’t like this book… I cannot describe the feeling of excitement and thrill that I felt when I discovered that this book was coming out. I literally wanted to buy myself a plane ticket and go watch the play in London (not that I would have been able too anyway…😂)
I was waiting so long to get my hands on a copy. It was torturous to have to watch my classmates read this book, and know that I didn’t have it. One day, I was walking with my Nan and I saw it in a bookshop. Judging by the look on my face, she probably guessed that I NEEDED it so badly. She agreed to buy me the brand new, shiny hardcover book. I was on top of the world, she was my saviour!
But alas… this excitement didn’t last very long. Don’t get me wrong, the book is beautiful inside and out. The cover is magnificent, the pages smell nice (yes, I like the smell of books 😍) and the font was great. But what bugged me the most, and the rest of the world, was the play format.
Riley on Goodreads said: “The play was not meant to be read like this, it was meant to be seen. If they wanted a book they should have made a novelised version but instead they took the easy way out. And on top of that, as a script, it was horrible. It’s an insult to call this the 8th Harry Potter book.”
I somewhat agree with this and think that it is ashame. This book had so much potential, to bring back to life our long missed friends. But instead “they took the easy way out” by just publishing the script. I can only imagine how much better this could have been if it was polished up and turned into a real novel…
This book is just super controversial. There was a huge hype surrounding it and people were very excited to read about what J.K Rowling had in store for our beloved characters. But once people read it, they hated the play format and decided that they weren’t happy with it because it wasn’t written 100% by Rowling. They were mad that such a good story could be ruined with one simple book. That people could just write something and expect the rest of the world to accept it as the continuation of the series.
I agree with all these people and their thoughts. Personally, I don’t see this book worthy as being a part of the series. For me to be able to consider it as part of the series it would have to be written by just J.K Rowling, it should not be in a novel format, the actions and words of the characters should actually sound realistic (like it would sound in the original books). It’s clear that this 8th book is nothing like the others, therefore it will never be good enough for me. Sorry to have to say it 😞
The first 7 books can be described as some of the best in the world. Is it really fair that we should embrace this as the final book? 5 years ago, when you all imagined what the last Harry Potter book would be like, you pictured a phenomenal book with an ending that left you crying for days on end. Is this really the one we wanted it all to end on?
I don’t care how many jaw-dropping plot twists you can make, it will never live up to the expectations I once had for this book. And once again, it’s sad to say, but I simply didn’t like it. Some of the things that happened just didn’t seem like J.K was behind it all. I feel betrayed in a way, that the story could be manipulated like this.
Also, one question that I have is – why is it called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”? I mean, Harry isn’t even a big part of the story in this last book. Yes, we get to see him as a grown man and parent, but that’s about it. Wouldn’t it have been more suitable to just call it the Cursed Child? Or again, maybe the authors are trying too hard to get us to like this story? They want to attract us with the name Harry Potter. Nevertheless, this kind of annoyed me, and contributes to this book getting such a low rating.
It seemed at times that some of the events that happened were unnecessary and were just added to keep the story alive. If this was all they could do, then it clearly wasn’t worth their time.
Of course, being the Harry Potter fan that I am I could not go without reading this book and having it displayed on my shelf amongst the others. So just for the purpose of knowing what happens next, if you are a huge fan like me, I recommend that you have a read. But don’t expect anything from it…
Overall, this book was quite disappointing. I think it deserves the rating it got, even though people (such as in the comments below) are saying that I was too generous. On the positive side, at least there WAS a book for people to read and at least we got a snippet of what J.K really wanted for Harry, Ron and Hermione to do in their adult lives, even if we weren’t completely happy with it.
So, what did you think of this review? Was it fair? Or was I too generous? Should we, as the massive Harry Potter community, accept this book to really be the last? Comment down below! 😃👍
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Authors: J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: 2016
For ages: 10-16+
Type: Adventure, Family, Drama & Theater, Humorous and Magic
NOTE: THIS REVIEW REFLECTS OUR PERSONAL OPINION AND ONLY OUR PERSONAL OPINION.