I just loved this book. It was great to catch glimpses of the women I was already familiar with, and also to learn about entirely new ladies that I haI just loved this book. It was great to catch glimpses of the women I was already familiar with, and also to learn about entirely new ladies that I had never even heard of before.
I nearly screamed when I got my hands on this book, because I was expecting to have to wait for several weeks for it on the waiting list at the librarI nearly screamed when I got my hands on this book, because I was expecting to have to wait for several weeks for it on the waiting list at the library where I work. Instead, I was able to catch one of a few copies that weren't dedicated to filling the myriad of reserves. W00T!
I inhaled this story... and I'm conflicted. There are things I love about this book, and things I don't love. As others have mentioned in other reviews, the play read like fanfiction, and certainly not the best fanfiction I've ever read. So, when in doubt, make a list:
(view spoiler)[ The Good - Albus and Harry's craptastic relationship slowly being repaired and built into something new and better. I love that the happy ending implied in the Epilogue of DH was given some great and true shadows. Nothing is perfect. Harry continues to struggle - such is life - and he ends up faced with the same challenge that so many parents face: to connect with his son. It's a hard thing, and it was portrayed perfectly here. - Harry's character. Now, let me say that I love Harry, I really do, but he's had many moments over the course of the series where I wanted to smack him upside the head. His decision to unilaterally trust Bane and to blame everything on Scorpius were other such instances. It's nice to see that even as a full-blown adult, Harry is still staying true to his ability to screw up. -- In addition to this, I love that Ginny did have a moment to verbally smack Harry for being a moron and his inability to stop f*cking up with Albus. Just a small exchange near the end of the play, but still, I'll take it. - Draco Malfoy. Everyone's favorite spoiled brat actually managed to grow up. Draco's life has been by no means easy, but I love that he was steadfast in his love for his son, remaining devoted even as things continually sucked around them. - Albus and Scorpius being BFFs. LOVE LOVE LOVE. 'Nuff said. - Minerva McGonagall still going strong. JKR said years ago that McGonagall would have been retired by the time the kids started pouring into Hogwarts due to her getting on in years, but given that Dumbledore had to die to get him out of the headmaster's chair, that idea never flew with me. But here she is, still the headmistress, still watching over her charges, and still reaming out the younger crowd for their still-frequent bouts of stupidity. GO PROFESSOR MCG!
The Not So Good - Delphi the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix. Yeah, no. Just no. This is one of the most common plotbombs in fanfiction, and it's been seen. It's been done. I think it would have been more interesting if it turned out she actually wasn't Voldemort's daughter, but had been raised to believe she was (maybe even had some obscure spell cast on her so she could speak and understand parseltongue). But this? No. I facepalmed the moment I read it. Because why would Voldemort want an heir, or an equal? He went after Harry in the first place to prevent such a thing. I think that he would have offed her the moment she revealed who and what she was. Voldemort tolerates not rivals, and he does not share the spotlight. My thought is that if Voldemort was boffing Bellatrix, then Bella messed up the birth control in order to have a child with her precious lord. This would not be something he'd want, but Bella in her psychosis? I could definitely see it. - Ron spending most of the story as comic relief. Though, granted, he did get that tender moment with Hermione and volunteered to be Fake!Voldemort so Harry wouldn't have to relive that, which I did like. But still, I'd have been happier with Ron being more like that throughout more of the story. Ron has never been a favorite character of mine, but I still prefer noble!awesome!Ron to comic!relief!Ron, hands down. - Rose Granger-Weasley. Yeah, I was not impressed with this girl. Dumping the cousin she's been best friends with since she was six because he was sorted into Slytherin, but maintaining a facade for the adults? And then crawling back Albus a couple of years later expecting things to be cool again? Again, not impressed. I also didn't care for Scorpius' unending crush, though I do get that it's probably supposed to be a throwback to how James Potter adored Lily Evans for years before she'd give him the time of day. But the thing of it is, Scorpius Malfoy at this age is ten times a better kid than James Potter was at the same age. So, yeah, didn't care for this subplot. (hide spoiler)]
In the end, the story had some serious flaws, many of which could have been avoided. That said, I still enjoyed the brief return to the world of Harry Potter. It's great to see that the gang are living their lives and proving themselves human, that things aren't perfect. Because life isn't perfect. The story reflected that, and despite the plot points I didn't like, I still enjoyed myself. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When I saw this book at the library where I work, I immediately snatched it up. I always enjoy reading about one of the U.S.'s most famous families, aWhen I saw this book at the library where I work, I immediately snatched it up. I always enjoy reading about one of the U.S.'s most famous families, and here was one that I didn't know very much about. I was immediately enthralled, and could not put it down until I finished it. Worth every minute of your time. ...more