Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildConfession: I love Harry Potter.
(This isn’t something I advertise much. I know many of my friends and acquaintances would object because the books are about witches and wizards, but I definitely don’t feel that way.)

I’ve read the entire series at least four times–probably more. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to tell a story. She created a wonderful world full of unexpected plots and dynamic, deep characters. So when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out, I couldn’t wait to read it. I went to a local book store and paid $30 for a new copy. (I like buying books at independent book stores when I can, even if it costs a bit more.)

It took a few days to finish, and I’m just so torn up about the whole thing. I loved that I got to read another Harry Potter story. And I loved how wonderfully complex the plot was. But I was so bummed that they chose to sell it as a script that Rowling didn’t write, even if she was involved in creating the story. It felt like fan fiction. Really well done fan fiction. Like it was Rowling’s work, but they didn’t get it quite right. Some of the dialogue didn’t sound like the original characters, and some of it just didn’t sound like Rowling wrote it.

I really, really loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because, well, Harry Potter, but I wish Rowling had written it as another book. It just wasn’t what it could have been.

Have you read it? What did you think?