I was originally quite hesitant to read this, fearing that it wouldn’t live up to the seven books and nervous of what was going to happen to the characters. But alas, it’s hard to resist the hype and after seeing numerous reviews, it was difficult to ignore it every time I walked past a bookstore.
I’ve decided to not give away any spoilers in this review… it’s a tall order since I would LOVE to spend a post discussing all of the random things that happened but given that there will be plenty of people like me that are holding back/haven’t got around to reading it yet… I’ll wait…. until maybe next year when I’ll discuss the big events that occurred.
So all I’ll say is… the script picks up from the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where Harry is saying farewell to one of his sons, Albus.
Did it live up to expectations… now this is where it gets tricky…
YES : it definitely gave me a ‘Harry Potter’ fix
YES : it held my attention – I finished it in 4 hours
NO : I felt like it recycled far too much of the ‘old’ material
NO : I think turning it into a play has unfortunately meant some characters have been dumbed down to provide the ‘one liners’
NO : It didn’t have the J K vibe to the writing style
You’d think because I’ve stated more NOs than YESs that I’d be giving this script a ‘thumbs down’ but after 9 years of no Harry Potter literature in my life… I’ll take what I’m given! Plus I’m extremely curious to see how they’d pull off half of these scenes in the theatre so I’ll be heading off to see it when I get a chance!
So all in all, it’s definitely worth a read if you’re a Harry Potter fan but it’s worth keeping in mind that this is a SCRIPT not a NOVEL. We’ve all been to plays and know that they have to have a rather more simplistic plot for the audience to follow…
Until next time, Chloé x
P.S. If anyone reads these final notes, you’ll know that I was reading The Devil’s Edge prior to this… don’t worry I’ll be posting my thoughts on this in the next few days!