Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book review

It’s Harry Potter time!

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I cannot tell you how I’ve been dreading this review. I’ve read plenty of reviews of this book and it almost feels like a broken record. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out this month and it’s been taking over the internet. I think we all know the plot line of this book so far, but I’ll give my own summary of it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child follows Albus Potter and Scorpious Malfoy as they take on the legacies of their famous fathers. Albus, feeling lost and alone, befriends Scoprious, who everyone believes is Voldemort’s son. These two kids form a bond. As they progress in the school of Hogwarts, Albus starts feeling resentful of his father. So he steals a time turner and goes into the past with Scorpious to save Cedric Diggory.

I wasn’t really that enthused with this new book. I had a feeling that it wouldn’t live up to the other seven books, and I feel like I was partly right. But more on that later.

I actually didn’t preorder the book until two days prior to the release. I was waiting for this book talk with this author, Owen Sheers (“I Saw a Man”) when I just felt the urge to get the book. It was literally like someone spoke in my ear and told me to do it. Well, I would hardly call it magic since I have a problem with walking into a bookstore without buying a book.

The release party was really dull. There was a scavenger hunt but it didn’t really prove to be a challenge. Funniest part was when I had a group of people following me because they said that “I look like I know what I’m doing.” Hahahaha! Not exactly what I remembered for the other novel releases. But what did I expect? Nothing could compare to the releases of the original Harry Potter books.

On to the review!!!!

This book was great… until part 2. Honestly, this review is going to be about a lot of the feels and excitement I had. So be prepared!

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I love Albus and Scorious! Seriously, it’s like they changed the plot of Harry Potter and just made it about Harry and Draco.

Did this story seem a little familiar? I’m sure Back to the Future would have a say on that. (I only remember the first movie so you guys will have to help me out on which one I’m talking about.) And the friendship of Albus and Scorpious sounded a lot like Simon and Baz from “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. Or does Carry On sound like Harry Potter? Seeing as Harry Potter was first, I’d say the latter.

But comparing this to “Carry On” is actually a great way to summarize my feelings for this book. It was great fanfiction, but it seemed lacking in parts. Although I did love “Carry On” more than this book, which is saying something.

Anyways, the relationships are the best part of this book/play. It was great seeing Dumbledore’s Army all grown up. I’ve read a few reviews where people question the role of Ron in the play. I actually really liked seeing Ron, because he was my favorite character, besides Neville or Luna. Seriously, the scenes in the Ministry of Magic with “Ron” and Hermione were perfect!

I think the writing felt too much like terrible fan fiction and could have done better towards the end. The first part was okay, because there was a lot of relationship building, but the second part felt rushed and didn’t seem to serve that much purpose other than giving the story an ending.

This book was a quick read, so I powered through. I wouldn’t call it the best book or the worst book, but it’s definitely a book I would actually recommend for anyone still pining over the world of Harry Potter.

I understand that some people are upset that there will be no more Harry Potter after this, but the story is over. We all have to deal with it. If we go on and on about it, we will probably end up with something like this, where J.K. Rowling feels pressured by the fans to write more. And that doesn’t make for good literature.

It was fun seeing our old friends in this script, but don’t expect the best out of this book. Please go into it with an open mind and willingness to like something that is purely for entertainment than substance.

I’d give this book 3.5/5 stars.

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“Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell book review

If you loved Harry Potter and especially fond of that awesome musical based on it called “A Very Potter Musical,” you will love this book. When I first started reading it, I thought of it as Harry Potter fanfiction. Seriously, the characters seemed to mesh perfectly with the bestselling book series. Well, except for a few details. “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect book for anyone who is having Harry Potter withdrawals.

It’s centered on this guy named Simon, who is the “Chosen One.” Seriously, how on the nose is that? Anyways, he grew up in a normal home, but is supposed to be this all magical wizard… who is the one to save the world from this thing called the “Humdrum.” Simon ends up going to this school called “Watford School for Magicks.” They are fighting this war, that doesn’t seem to end. The Humdrum keeps creating patches of magic draining holes. It’s seriously the worst thing for anyone with magic.

Now Simon has to live with this guy named Baz, who Simon is pretty sure is a vampire. The book even has a smart sidekick named Penelope. I was very hesitant while reading this, until I got to the plot twist.

Without spoiling it for the rest of the world, I have to say that I saw it coming and I didn’t. It’s like those Harry Potter fanfics. Obvious, but not obvious. You know how we all want Destiel to be canon, right? (If you aren’t into Supernatural, leave now and forever remember that you should have.) Well… it’s sort of like that. It’s not strikingly obvious at first, but once you get to it… it’s seriously the best. I remember when I read it I had to put it down because of a fire alarm. I was so anxious to get back to the book.

This book has it all. From the magical battles, romance and snarky remarks, you will not want to put this book down. It’s broken up into … four parts. And let me just say. It was very well written. I got the book the day it came out and was finished within the next 48 hours. I hope they make this into a movie. Also, the cover and illustrations were amazing.

If I had to give this a star rating, I would give it five. Definitely go check it out from the library, or better yet. Buy it. You will want this beauty on your bookshelf.

Also, I just realized that this is the story that Cath loves so much in Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl.” That is impressive. Just wow. If you haven’t read “Fangirl” yet, go and read it!!!!