Spoiler Free Cursed Child Guide

I got my copy of The Cursed Child on Sunday immediately after the store opened.  

...Let's face it, I'm pushing 30 and have a toddler, midnight releases aren't a thing for me anymore...

I started reading it immediately and hated it. Honestly, it wasn't what I expected, what I needed, or what it was hyped up to be.  Then I talked to my dear friend Laura (who is a book blogger and will be doing a special with EG during NYCC, but I digress).  After talking to Laura, I have some helpful reading hints for those who find themselves in the same predicament.  Don't give-up, just look at it from a new perspective!

 1. Stop thinking of it as the 8th book. Nothing will compare with our childhood (and adult) memories of the original 7 books.  This is a great addition to the cannon, but it is not another book.

2. Please remember it wasn't written by J.K. Rowling. Truth.  So many of us thought "woo hoo, another Harry Potter book from JK." Though J.K. loves the story and has endorsed it, she didn't write it.  Don't expect to see her style.

3. Don't let the hype scare you away. Many companies (large and independent) decided to take advantage of the new release by encouraging sales of Harry Potter merchandise, HP themed gifts, and HP events.  Just like you don't judge a book by its cover, don't judge this one by the hype around it.

4. Read it as if it is exceptionally good fan fiction.  Ultimately, two brilliant writers took JK's world and made a new story.  Technically, it is really good fan fiction - again stop expecting JK's writing style.

5. This is a script; therefore, it is meant to be performed - not read. This is the mantra of every theatre appreciation teacher in the world.  If what you are reading is a script, it wasn't meant to be read - it was meant to be viewed as a performance.  Unfortunately, many of us cannot view the Cursed Child in performance and we are lucky to have the script! But, I'd have theatre majors, friends, and colleagues jumping me if I failed to mention this one! 

Overall, this book has the ability to evoke all of the emotions you experienced with books 1-7.  Just give it some time and look at it in a new light.  Happy reading!

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  1. Nice guide! These are some really good tips. Still though I think it's good to recognize that Rowling might not have written it word for word but she did give approval and help them work on the story. If there are things to like or not like, the credit should really be given to all three

  2. I couldn't have said it better myself. The not seeing it as the 8th book was key for me :)