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12 November 2016 @ 07:35 pm
Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  
So... I read this a little while ago when it first came out and I have to say I was quite excited, not least of all because it was delivered in script format. Having spent some time working in this format I'm always looking for things to read that aren't Shakespeare or A Streetcar Named Desire... Don't get me wrong - they're great but the script format is a woefully under-loved text.

At the outset I did not have any expectations of recognisable characters (yes, I was wholly unspoiled - somehow) so I was quite thrilled when the gang rocked up.

...I was less thrilled to discover their characterisations were startlingly off kilter. Honestly, most fanfic authors manage a better job of Hermione, Ron and Harry. Their interactions were as forced as their dialogue to the point I'd rather they be left out of it entirely. The original characters were more than capable of carrying the story and were, for the most part, well thought out and enjoyable.

The highlight was of course Snape's re-emergence. The writer is without a doubt a fan of the character. It showed in all-too brief scenes they manage to nail. Also - am I the only one or did they really bait the Hermione/Snape shippers for a moment there???

Anyway, I read it as I read all Harry Potter - at breakneck pace. It was all over in a few hours and I'm glad I bought it.

Overall rating was: disappointing.
I'm not sure I'm happy to consider it canon either.

Safest outcome is if it didn't come from J.K.'s pen, I'm going to file it under published fanfic.
Feeling...: pensivepensive
Amaama_ranth_827 on November 16th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC)
I want this book, I will have to read it only because it is HP related...
ellymelly: confirm purchaseellymelly on November 16th, 2016 10:24 am (UTC)
It's a super fast read. I was done with it before the day was over. I think it's on sale now so you should be able to pick up a copy :) You practically trip over copies of it now.
Amaama_ranth_827 on November 17th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
I am like that with books too! I read Twilight series in 4 days LOL I will probably read this one in a day also like you. Yeah we have it here but it is still $20.00, which I currently don't have LOL so I think I will have to wait until the price drops some LOL
ellymellyellymelly on November 17th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
Unlucky. I saw it for about $5.00 the other day somewhere.
Amaama_ranth_827 on November 17th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ahh man!!!! I haven't found it below 15 yet LOL