Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #8
Rating Out of 5: 1 (Couldn’t get past the first page)
My Bookshelves: Urban fantasy, Witches
Publisher: Little, Brown
5th sentence, 74th page: Missed.
The eighth story. Nineteen years later…
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
This was a huge disappointment. And, I knew it was going to be, because everyone that I know had said that it was kind of disappointing. I got all of the way through the first act (of four), and then I couldn’t do it any longer.
It’s not even that the writing was bad, if this was a whole new story / play, I would have probably loved the storyline. After all, it is about finding yourself and learning about the past. Or at least, that’s what I thought it was kind of about. But the trouble is that this is a story / world / universe that I am already madly in love with. Which comes with certain expectations – like the characters to remain somewhat the same. It doesn’t matter that eighteen years have passed, there is still some kind of expectation there. One that wasn’t met.
I’m not one for characters that are just pigheaded and stupid. I love reading about mistakes made because of other flaws, but those made for whiney reasons like Albus… ? Nope, couldn’t do it. He was a little too angsty and self deprecating for my tastes. And the I’m-not-loved storyline was kind of predictable. And the plot holes of things that just didn’t quite make sense… argh! It’s just not quite what I wanted in such a long-awaited sequel.
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