Fast-paced, easy to read, read pretty much like an action movie. I wasn't surprised when I leaned from the interview at the back that the author was aFast-paced, easy to read, read pretty much like an action movie. I wasn't surprised when I leaned from the interview at the back that the author was actually writing the screenplay for the movie at the same time as the book.
I did enjoy the beginning the most, since that was when the book was its most intriguing. I also wanted more of a focus on chapters from Melanie's point of view, since that was where the meat of the story was.
So, I finally read the Harry Potter play. I had a lot of fun imagining this as a stage production in my head. I thought about how the different stageSo, I finally read the Harry Potter play. I had a lot of fun imagining this as a stage production in my head. I thought about how the different stage tricks might look, how they might have done the different effects, and just sort of imagined the play happening & people acting before my eyes as I read. This probably helped me keep the play as a completely separate thing from the books.
I never had the strongest emotional connection with the main trio when I read the Harry Potter books, maybe because I didn't read them as a kid. I think I was 18 when I started reading the series, and instead of the kids I cared more about the professors and the Marauders. This helped make the play work better for me, since I didn't care that much when the main trio was out of character or just didn't do anything that interesting. It often felt that the Harry bits were just thrown in because the writer thought the viewers were only there to see him, when the focus should've been on the kids. The scenes focusing on Harry were the weakest, in my opinion.
Instead I focused on the new characters, Albus and Scorpius. I really liked Scorpius, I think he's a great character! He got the best lines, and seriously, Draco's and Scorpius's father-son relationship was much more interesting than the one the play focused on (Harry-Albus). The only thing I didn't like about him was when at the end (view spoiler)[he was all about building a relationship with Rose out of her pitying him. But seriously, the depiction of most of the "romantic" relationships in this book sucked (hide spoiler)]. Scorpius was definitely my favourite, and I enjoyed him calling out Albus as focusing on just his own problems & daddy-issues.
The adventures of two teen boys in time were entertaining, mainly because of their relationship and dialogue with each other, and to be honest, during the first part I sort of sped through and disregarded the parts that focused on their parents, since they were the more boring parts. Harry was super boring, Ron was useless and did nothing, and Hermione mainly harped at Ron. The short end of the stick still goes to Ginny, who was just there as a wife character to comfort or scold Harry, and Rose, who pretty much wasn't even in the play. (view spoiler)[Seriously, Rose pretty much only existed so that it could be established that Scorpius was heterosexual. Wow, what superb characterization! (hide spoiler)] So, in true HP form, the women who weren't Hermione or (view spoiler)[evil> (hide spoiler)] got the least amount of things to do.
The first part of the play would've gotten 4 stars from me. I had fun! I was really entertained by the Albus-Scorpius show. Sadly, the second part focused more on the adult characters and the "plot". I could no longer just speed through those parts and pay them no attention. So I took off one star.
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