...I thought I already had this on my TBR months ago but I guess not. So impatient for this release! OMG THE PUBLICATION DATE GOT MOVED UP AND I CAN A...I thought I already had this on my TBR months ago but I guess not. So impatient for this release! OMG THE PUBLICATION DATE GOT MOVED UP AND I CAN ACTUALLY READ IT NOW IF I BUY IT NOW. YESSSSSSSS.
AND GUESS WHICH BOOK IS OPRAH'S LATEST BOOK CLUB PICK? woo. :) ...more
**spoiler alert** I managed to avoid any reviews/spoilers before reading this so all I knew going in was that:
1) it was a play that people will get t**spoiler alert** I managed to avoid any reviews/spoilers before reading this so all I knew going in was that:
1) it was a play that people will get to see in London 2) it was going to continue from the epilogue from DH 3) JKR didn't write this oops apparently this was co-written. :(
That's it. I kept my expectations low, didn't end up going to a midnight release party for this though the photos coming out of those did make me happy and nostalgic for old times, and generally thought I was curious enough to get more of this universe to read whatever came out. It isn't Harry Potter #8 and I would never label this as such.
It's so different. I read this in about a day after I picked it up at a store in the morning, in between pauses for family and food for the long weekend, and it was a trickier experience than I expected it to be. I couldn't process this as being a part of canon because everything about it was so off, and distant. Most of the dialogue spoken by these characters are not what I grew up hearing from these characters with the same names in the books. My heart did hurt seeing how badly the father-son relationship was between Harry and Albus but the focus on that was distracted by this deranged plot coming out of left fanfiction field. I've looked at some reactions here and there now that I'm finished and I hear criticisms of this being written like fanfic, which, if it was, I would've already skipped it pretty early on once the Time-Turner was being used for real. And that's way before the reveal of Delphi, which I can't process. I still can't believe that actually happened.
Hmm, what else? I had whiplash from the time jumps and dreams and constant changing of the past. I knew I wasn't on board immediately when Amos Diggory showed up and wanted to go back in time to save his son. I was really hoping we wouldn't be getting a story revolved around time-turning, and it still was so much more time-turning than I expected. The gall for Albus to choose this one thing to confidently fix was too much. I guess it was interesting enough to see the different consequences that came out each time (humiliated!Cedric killing Neville!?) but I would've much rather had a more understated, moving drama over the whizzing and banging of time travel and its consequences.
Other random bits because I can't sort out my thoughts: Hermione being Minister of Magic? I mean, that's pretty much a given for me because she's my favourite and so brilliant and all, but it was nice to see it on the page. Albus and Scorpius' friendship, easily the most developed relationship in this entire book. And for that, I also knew it couldn't happen because it made TOO MUCH sense to and we still live in a world where putting them together in canon would be revolutionary~, but I couldn't have been the only one. The only docking of the points against Scorpius was the last bit between him and Rose trying to use pity to win her over, which to be fair, was less on him than it was the writing. Ron felt pretty pointless, so that was disappointing. I do like Ron. The play doesn't like him. Dumbledore and Snape felt unnecessary. Anything and everything to do with Godric's Hollow was still devastating, though that's more a credit to the books. Our last time meeting Cedric in the 3rd task was wrenching as well. For the mess that it was, I did like the ending. That was a beautiful way to end things.
2.5 stars. There's a lot of nostalgia at play here and for all the stage direction as I was reading it, this could be a fantastic play to witness in person, so it gets the 1/2 star boost. I could see how you could impressed by the production but not convinced with the plot or emotional heft of it. I actually do approve of the casting they have for this, in particular for the trio! And for that I'm sad that they didn't get to have a better work to get involve in. (The pictures of the Granger-Weasleys had me grinning so I was extra disappointed with how badly Rose came off and how little she got to do.) I have no idea how big of a Potter fan Jack Thorne is, honestly. This work is too much of a leap to accept as canon, even if JKR says it is.
The best news about this release is that it'll finally push me to do my first ever re-read of the entire series. I've never done it. Since DH came out, I've read maybe DH twice and PoA three times, but that's it. I need to get back into the wonderful, original work with the characters I know and love. ...more