Dinamite Reviews: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I feel like I need to clarify that I am not a huge fan of the Harry Potter series in general. I have read the books, seen the movies, enjoyed analytical conversations about it, and have even indulged in the occasional bits of fan fictions and fan theories surrounding the Harry Potter series as a whole. But, unlike several of my friends, I am not severely attached to it. Which is why my investment in the new book, the scripted sequel to the franchise, has been very mild in comparison to most people. I did care enough to buy the book and read it, though.

This book (or script, I should say really) is a fun, quick read that I think most Harry Potter fans will enjoy. The story is pretty solid, with plenty of twists thrown in there to keep the reader invested. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it that much. But it was fun to read about the magic of Hogwarts through the eyes of a different generation, and how they use magic in comparison to how the older characters did.

And it is fun to see old and new characters take on roles that we didn’t get to see after the seventh book was done. To see Albus Potter go from the scared kid from the epilogue develop into his own skin and become an interesting character was fun for me. And to see the trio that everyone followed in the first book take on adult roles, much like the older fans of the books are doing right now, was entertaining.

But, if you are someone like me who doesn’t enjoy reading scripts that much, then this book might not be that fun. Script formats can be both freeing and limiting when reading it as a book. On one hand, the reader can interpret just about anything in regards to the design: how the characters look and how they dress, what the backgrounds and buildings look like, etc. In scripts, the descriptors are limited to a few facial cues and small passages that are written in between dialogue or at the start of a scene.

On the other hand, it is limiting because the story can’t expand past the main cast and stage. If a Harry Potter fan wanted to read this to see how Teddy Lupin was doing, for example, then this book isn’t for them (spoiler alert, he’s not mentioned at all). With scripts, there’s no room to allow time to dedicate to everyone and everything, which could be disappointing to an avid fan expecting a full blown sequel stuffed together into one book.

Overall, this is a light read that can be used to pass the afternoon away. It is an entertaining Harry Potter sequel that I enjoyed overall. It might be better enjoyed by someone like me, who prefers seeing scripts act out instead, to actually see the play production versus reading it. But, for now, I can settle for this version.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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