Well this review is quite something for me. I bought the book just days after it came out, read it straight away and here I am way back on 18th August writing this review just 18 days after it was published!!! These days most of my books sit on the shelf for years before being read so this really is a miracle for me.
Anyway, on with the review! There are NO SPOILERS other than to say that Harry Potter does appear in the story and I don't think that is a spoiler, is it?
The book is actually a play, written as a script but without all of the stage direction that you would normally find in a play script so you read it more as a story than a play. I didn't find it difficult to read at all.
As the cover of the book tells you, this is the eighth story, nineteen years later. You have to have read the previous seven books to really "get" all of the story and the references in it, but I imagine that if you were seeing it as the play you could follow it as a one off.
What did I think of the story? Well, meh! Sadly I wasn't so impressed. I thought the books were better. This is I think rather diluted by the fact that it was written by someone other than J K Rowling, it was written by Jack Thorne with J K Rowling and John Tiffany. It features all of the familiar characters and stories but it just lacks some of the detail. The "Harry Potterness" if you can imagine such a thing.
Of course a certain amount of that is because this is a PLAY not a book so the detail, the description, is all on stage, you are looking at it rather than reading or hearing it so you expect that don't you. You need to do more with your own imagination rather than having it handed to you.
I am a Gryffindor so perhaps it is just the Gryffindor in me that is so loyal to the original I don't like to see something new!
Overall a good and very easy read. A must for all Potter fans and I am glad that I read it. The book will stay on the shelf because I have to keep all of my HP books!! This will go with the others.
What do you think of Harry Potter? Have you read the books, seen the films? Read this book?
This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.