I have been deliberating whether to write a book review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book for a whole week now, and have come to the decision that I am going to be writing a script review, because I need to vent!
I will be reviewing the following:
- Format/Writing Style
Just to give this review a little bit of structure, because otherwise I am going to just go on a full on rant and no one really wants that.
First of all, let’s talk about the format of the book.
It is pretty obvious that the book is going to be in the format of the Script, as it was advertised this way. I personally enjoyed reading in this format, as it made the book a very short read – I would have probably been able to read the book in one sitting if I didn’t have to go to sleep early, but hey – LIFE.
Anyway, the script format of the book has made it a very light read. And I think that for people who have been a fan of the series for as long as we most probably have, it isn’t that hard to visualise the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at all, as it is simply very much like reminiscing as all of the scenes happen in places we have already visited in the past, so it is easy to immerse yourself in the HP universe. Therefore, there is no need for a lot of detailed descriptions or the like, so you can just get off the information you know of the top off your head.
In terms of writing style, of course I didn’t expect the scrip to read like the novels at all. I believe that Jack Thorne is actually the primary author of the novel, and has taken the idea for the story from JK Rowling and with her help has come up with this wonderful play.
The writing style is good, not really on par with the novels – but nevertheless it does the job perfectly for the format that it is in.
The characters are so different now from the characters we have known from the novels. Of course, it is understandable that they wouldn’t be the same, after all it has been 19 years since the last time we have actually seen them, and there is that 19 year gap from the end of the actual novel to the epilogue 19 years later as they are sending off their children to Hogwarts. So, they have changed in that span of time and we simply did not see these changes.
I love the character Scorpius, a great and fresh addition to this world of Harry Potter, and I felt more compelled to read about his story rather than Albus’. I do love the friendship that Albus and Scorpius have. They very much rely on each other, and I love seeing how they are the sons of Harry and Draco who didn’t get along very well during their years in Hogwarts, and seeing their sons be the best of friends is just brilliant!
In terms of the plot, it was good, but it was quite convenient to what was happening. Everything seemed to simply work themselves out nicely without any of the epic action and battle that the novels had – but I guess, one of the point of the story is that we are talking about Albus and Scorpius, two completely different protagonist from the original cast.
In this world, time turners have been banned, and Albus wanting to be different from his father and hating being the son of the Chosen One, wanted to correct one thing that his father has done – and that is to save Cedric Diggory.
Albus and Scorpius go back to the past to correct the wrong that has been done, and all these weird things happen and they constantly have to correct it again and again. And there is so many things happening at the same time!
But, I did still enjoy the story – and the reveal of what it all really was about!
So overall, I gave this book a 4.5
Overall rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗