Book Discussion: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

It’s out, and I read it—twice—and I loved it, and want to talk about it and there’s no way I can find a negative point about it because it’s HARRY POTTER and it has a golden cover and it shines and it’s perfect and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

(Breathing.)

Okay.

This felt so good. It felt SO good to go back to the wizarding world, and I’ll admit I was a bit scared it would ruin the perfection of the series because the main characters were the children of Harry and Draco and not the famous trio, but it was great! (Big, big relief.)

Ginny: Harry. How long has it been since your scar hurt?

Harry turns to Ginny. His face says it all.

Harry: Twenty-two years.

I thought it was so clever to use a Time-Turner. If it had been new places and adventures + new characters, it wouldn’t have felt like HP, but the Time-Turner allowed them to go back to moments that we already lived with Harry, and to the Hogwarts that we know, so it did feel like HP. And we got to see characters that we love but unfortunately died, like Snape. (Oh, the feels.) And going back to save Cedric Diggory? Genius!

Of course not that genius since it completely changes history and then Voldemort conquers the world, but that can be fixed.

And the finale was—my, my—epically perfect and I cried because I have an unhealthy obsession with this series and it brought us back to the very beginning of the story, when Voldemort killed Lily and James. I mean, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Couldn’t have found a better way to close this play. And it was, like, triple symbolic that Harry had to change himself into Voldemort to save the day.

Harry Potter.

With his biggest’s enemy’s appearance.

I mean, how not to cry?

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I also cried because I had a mini freak out episode when there was just one scene left and I realized there wouldn’t be more Harry Potters to read after this—a very familiar freak out episode that I suffered when one chapter from finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and that lasted a few weeks, because maaaaaaaaaaaaan, I really didn’t want it to end.

So you can see why I can’t find one imperfection with HP8. I dreamed of an HP8 for so long, it’s literally a dream come true and nobody should complain about a dream come true.

Okay. I’ll say this. It was a bit weird that so many children wore the names of characters that we knew in the series. I had a hard time not thinking of Dumbledore when reading Albus, or Harry’s mom when reading Lily.

That being said, ONE LOVE FOR SCORPIUS. I would adopt that kid any time.

Enough of me rambling—I could undoubtedly talk like this for days—I want to know what you thought of it!

Did you like it?

Was it up to your expectations?

Could you guess who was the cursed child?

Will you see the play?

Any favorite quotes?

One of my personal favs is from Dumbledore’s portrait—of course Dumbledore is still so quotable even as a painting.

Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again.

And this is like, precisely what I went through while reading. I loved it so much but I knew it would hurt to close it, but AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. So worth it! A big thanks to J.K Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne for writing this piece of magic!

Oh! And also, feel free to suggest a book for the month of September! (I know, September already? Crazy!)

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11 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  1. soooooooo i finally bought it and read it. it went by very fast- which annoyed me. lol. i mean, for a book that size, I expected it to last longer!
    It didn’t feel Harry Potter-ish to me- yes, it had the characters and locations but I could tell it wasn’t [purely] J.K. Rowling’s work or maybe it was because it was a play and not a novel …

    anyway, I am glad I bought it, and read it, and now I know what was in the book first hand 🙂

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    1. Yeyyy!! I’m so glad you finally read it! I get what you mean, though. It goes way too fast and that’s part of why it doesn’t feel HP-ish enough, I think. In the other books, J.K Rowling takes her time telling the story and she’s known for her very rich descriptions, which there is no space for in a play. Hope you enjoyed your reading anyway! What did you think of Malfoy’s kid? I think I actually liked the Malfoys’ story the best!

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