After much thought, I decided to give Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 3 out of 5 stars.
First, let me say that I was so delighted to have something new to read about the magical world that captured my imagination for so many hours during my childhood. I was a little let down by the book on the whole because I was hoping for a work that would stand up to the magic of those first seven books. This book lacked so much of the magical world of Hogwarts. Since it is a play script, it consists mostly of dialogue with a few stage directions to set the scene. This is where the experience of reading the story falls significantly short for me. I missed the beautiful descriptions of the school, the magical creatures, the ministry of magic, and the fascinating wizard houses.
With this being said, it is only fair to judge the work by its actual format. Given that it is a play script, I had to remind myself not to expect it to be a book. It was difficult for me to hear J.K. Rowling’s voice in the work, but I think that is because I know her voice through her Harry Potter books which paint the world of Harry Potter in a way that a play script just isn’t capable of.
I enjoyed reading this piece. It was an extremely quick read (perhaps too fast-paced to really enjoy it, but again that’s due to the play format). Even if the play script didn’t completely do it for me, it was still fun to get a little glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s highly imaginative world. For the full nostalgic experience, I will have to simply re-read those old favorites.