Disclaimer: As we have previously discussed and thoroughly noted, I'm not good at summing up books in a short synopsis style thing, so, especially for this book, today I'm going to copy and paste what's on the inside cover. This next bit isn't mine.
"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 a 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."
So. Where to begin. I think that for what it was, it was good, but it didn't quite mesh with the world that JK Rowling had built. I am still sort of trying to reconcile some new information that we got in this script with what Rowling had in the books. Actually lets talk about that first: I actually quite enjoyed the script format. The stage directions didn't bother me at all, although it was a tad frustrating to not have the author tell you what everyone looked like. I think that the story could have been more fleshed out, the characters more true to what they had been, if Rowling had done a novel for this, but I understand that that wasn't quite how this could work. It is much simpler to just release the script that they are using for the play. Now, I'm not going to say which bits, but there were a few parts that frustrated me, because they sort of flew in the face of some of the unwritten rules of the wizarding world, or at least what I had understood to be the rules. And there was one scene that didn't quite work. It didn't make sense. I was convinced at first that this must have been Albus (Harry's son) having fallen asleep and in the midst of a vivid and strange dream. It wasn't. Besides that, I was quite pleased with it. Some people that I've read have been complaining that they didn't really feel anything due to the script format, and that could be a real problem for some people, but I didn't seem to have it, which I am grateful for. I was still caught up in the story, bar a few moments as described above when something didn't quite mesh. I do have pictures of the unboxing, which I may post at a later date, but they're on my phone, which I've powered down for the night, and I would have to email them all one by one, then download and upload them all, and I don't want to do that right now, to be completely honest. One more thing about the book though, and then I'll let you go; has anyone figured out which child was the 'Cursed Child' of the title? I saw this mentioned in another post somewhere, but I still haven't decided. I do have an idea, although I may be completely off-base. Basically, pretty much any child in the story could have been it, so I don't know. To wrap up, I think that this is definitely worth reading, four-ish out of five stars, I think, and I will definitely be reading it again, probably before the end of the summer. Maybe then it will sink in that this thing is actually canon, and not just fanfiction.
So, have you read this yet? Are you still waiting for your copy in the mail? Do you think you know who the Cursed Child is? Comment below and let us know, although, I'll warn you, I won't approve your comment if it's spoiler-y. If you have a theory on the Cursed Child thing, definitely comment, tell me what you think, but I won't approve it for everyone else to see, in order to preserve the spoiler-free-ness of the book. I know that stuff has probably already leaked, but it won't be from me.