There’ve been mixed reviews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a book of the script of a play where tickets are going for as much as £350. Some people aren’t keen on the script format and find it irritating to read, others haven’t been able to put the book down out of excitement to finish this latest extension of Potter’s life to be followed by three new ebooks from JK Rowling. We found the script format very easy to read, but it does mean this latest Harry Potter installation is a short one.
JK Rowling revisits familiar characters and makes several nods to previous stories inThe Cursed Child. We found ourselves pondering what the characters will look like on stage: does Harry wear his round glasses, or have facial hair? Will Hermione’s infamous frizzy hair be contained, to look more professional for her highflying job? Will Draco Malfoy still gel his bleach blonde hair close to his head, or will it be long and luscious like his dad’s? To find out how the stage production did it we’d have to plonk down hundreds of pounds so this book is a bargain by comparison.
Although the book feels like it was written by JK Rowling and a fan who’s done a lot of research trying to impress (co-writer Jack Thorpe), it’s exciting and we raced to the end in a couple of days. It’s neither a children’s nor an adult’s book, more so written for the followers of Harry Potter who were interested from the release of the original books in 1997. If you do think Harry Potter is childish, there is absolutely nothing wrong with reading some magical fiction on the tube and there’s no need to feel embarrassed.
Fans should feel satisfied by this first Harry Potter fix for a few years – even if some magical words seemed a little off, “bachiabindo” sounds like something you’d use to end a card game if you’ve won, and the self explanatory “Time-Turner” could have had a more interesting name – as even if you don’t have tickets to the show, you can hold off in the likely event that they’ll create a movie. Roll on the ebooks.