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My Thoughts On "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" (No Spoilers)

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Words cannot describe how excited I was for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book. Especially since I am not one of the lucky people who live in England, or near it, who were and are able to see the play, or even have the money and time (but mostly the money) to travel to go see it. But thankfully for us normal folks, July 31st (JK Rowling's and Harry Potter's shared birthday) came around and the book was released! I had ordered mine from Amazon and was disappointed that because it was released on a Sunday they couldn't do same day delivery (like they used to on all of the other Harry Potter book releases at no extra charge) but thank jeebus that after much moaning and groaning and going on a Twitter rant directed at Amazon (sorry about that guys!), it arrived on my doorstep Monday morning! Phew! I started reading it that afternoon and didn't surface until I finished it a few hours later (it's a script, not an actual book so it read pretty quickly).

I knew that once I finished the book I wanted to either write a review or recommendation while simultaneously singing its praises but now that it's been four days since I've read it and processed it...I'm still processing it.

It's so weird for me to admit, but I don't know how I feel about the script! I for sure thought that before I read it that it was going to be amazing and bring me right back into that magical world but in all honesty I just don't know what to think about it. The overall story (which was created by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne) seemed plausible, but not at all likely with how JK Rowling ended Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And while it was incrediblly satisfying to see and hear about some of my favorite characters, I seriously wondered about how they were portrayed and some of the action and dialogue attached to those characters. Which made me think: was I just used to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco as young kids and teens and how they would act back in the original books? Or was I just weirded out by the fact that they were now older and parents to young kids and I couldn't identify with their motivations and actions because I didn't relate to these older versions anymore?

Or was it something even worse: is it because that though the story is straight out of JK Rowling's imagination and the wizarding world she herself has created, the actual script was written by someone else, mainly Jack Thorne? The play (in my opinion) seems to be missing that grounding element that made the Harry Potter books so identifiable and complete and it makes you wonder if the same plot, situations, and characters would have been more engaging and true if Rowling herself had actually written the play.

Which leads me to another thought: the fact that the book is not a book, but is just a script, with just the dialogue and minimal descriptions of settings and some action. A real book would be overflowing with descriptions, so the reader can be in the know, sometimes even more so than the characters themselves. And while we may have read the script, only a small group (compared to the now millions of people who have read the script book) have seen the actual play, and I wonder if the people who have seen the play are much more satisfied with the way the story and characters were presented. Perhaps seeing the story physically unfold before our eyes is the missing key to those (like me) who are left feel unfulfilled. And unfortunately, I, along with many others, aren't able to see the play just yet, so this question will have to go unanswered until the play is (hopefully) performed in other parts of the world (the Muggle world, not the wizarding one).

I wish I could be like one of those people that absolutely loved it, or even like the people who think it just reads like wish-fulfilling fan-fiction, but I'm somewhere in between. I'm overjoyed that JK Rowling is continuing to let us revisit Harry and co. once more but at the same time, something key about the play just feels like it's missing and leaves me wanting*

*But I still love you JK Rowling, please don't ever stop writing/producing Harry Potter wizarding world content!!! Seriously, what is a world without Harry Potter??


So, who else has read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? What did you honestly think of it? Loved it? Hated it? Let me know in the comments!

-Emily
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