Sometimes, I review the books I read. Here’s one I read over the summer.
It’s December and I read this book back in July. Well, book is sort of a misnomer here. It’s actually a script for a stage production. The Cursed Child has gotten very mixed reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, in part because most frequent readers of prose have limited experience reading scripts.
I actually really liked this story. It made more sense to me than it might have if I wasn’t a recovering performance artist. When I read stage plays, the scene direction and repetitions make sense in the context of my imagination as I visualize a live performance.
The one major flaw with this work is its title. While Harry Potter is a major character here, to my mind he’s not the focus character. Harry himself has almost no direct impact on the events of this story. Instead, it’s his youngest son, Albus Severus’s, adventure.
That said, I love Albus and his best friend Scorpius as characters. They’re believably written kids and their friendship feels real. Am I a bit disappointed in where the original book’s characters ended up? In some ways yes. However, this makes them all the more human in my mind.
I’d love to see this live in the theater someday. More likely, I’ll have to settle for a recording.
What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Did you read it? Have you seen it performed or read aloud? What do you think about the title?