Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

A few thoughts about the new Harry Potter Play/Book
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play that was written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Thorne directed the play as well. Since the production is a play, the book is written in script format. A lot of readers complained that they had trouble reading it in script format, but I found that it was a nice change-up from the traditional books. After all, this is not a traditional Harry Potter book to begin with. The original story by J.K. Rowling was completed after the Deathly Hallows and there is no way around that. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was just a bit of an extension for the fans.

That being said, yes there are parts in the screenplay that were not written by Rowling. Die Hard Potter Heads will reject the screenplay entirely just because of that fact alone. This screenplay is meant to be read with a perspective. You will obviously not be as satisfied with this book as you may have been with previous ones.

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The book is surrounded by the usual characters of the Harry Potter series along with Harry's son, Albus, and Draco's son, Scorpius. The two kids become great friends and get into loads of mischief together all because Albus and Harry do not have a steady relationship.

The plot is the perfect balance of being complex, but not complex enough to jeopardize the integrity of the Harry Potter series. The plot fits in well with events that had previously taken place in the series. The book is right around a 300 pager making it not too difficult to read. It did not make me want to stay up all night and read it, but it certainly was not a let down.

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and not comparing it to the previous books in the series. It is certainly a different type of literature by Rowling and it that is important to keep in mind. If you are looking for a traditional Harry Potter book to add onto the series, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a short extension to get your Harry Potter fix, i suggest picking this book up from your local book store.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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