The Cursed Child
PREFACE: First paragraph is as spoiler free as I can get but will have my basic feelings. The Second Paragraph is still fairly spoiler-free but will mention one BIG plot device that I’ve seen mentioned in many reviews even those that say “Spoiler Free” but I want to warn you that I did NOT know about this plot device. I’m kinda glad I didn’t because I might not have ever read it. So, if you are worried, only read the first paragraph. SPOILERS WILL BE ALL OVER THE COMMENTS SO DON’T GO THERE UNLESS YOU’VE READ IT. I’ll post my other thoughts WITH spoilers in the first comment in case any of you have read it and want to discuss it.
The first part (Acts 1 and 2) was tough. It didn’t feel like Harry Potter and while some of that is the format (it’s hard to feel like Harry Potter without JK Rowling’s descriptive language. We only get dialog.) some of is simply the story itself. It felt dirty and clunky to me and I was SO DEPRESSED. I put the book down and tweeted about how sad I was having bad feelings about the play. BUT THEN PART 2 was AMAZING and it felt VERY MUCH like Harry Potter and I want to see the play SOOOO bad now! There is one character I ended up loving SO MUCH that I want to have an entire series dedicated to him. I’ll tell you who he is in the second paragraph in case even loving someone is a spoiler. My review? STICK WITH IT. IT IS WORTH IT!
Very Mild Spoilers I’ve Seen Mentioned In Other Reviews But Don’t Read If You Don’t Want To Know Anything
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First of all, the character that I adore is Scorpius Malfoy. He’s amazing and I want to know all about him. I want to know about his childhood, his family unit, I want to see what happens to him after this play ends. I WANT TO KNOW SO MUCH MORE. Remember how we all wanted to know Teddy Lupin after the last book? Nope. Not any more. You will want all Scorpius all the time! Secondly, the reason I struggled so much with the first act is that the major plot device I hated (and I often hate) used in the play was/is time travel. The second it was introduced early in Part 1 I audibly groaned because it’s such a gimmick for interest and rarely used well in a series/story/book not built entirely around time travel. Throwing that in felt very “jumping the shark” and I didn’t even like how it was used or playing out the entirety of Part 1. BUT THEN PART 2 happened and we got to see so many fun/great things AND it really introduced great moments to the story and gave a VERY suspenseful conclusion. If you hate the feel of a spontaneous burst of time travel, hang in there.