Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Minor Spoilers)

I’m not going to do my usual style of review for this, as this review is more of the play, which I saw in December, and then read the book afterwards. I’m not going to rate it, because if I’m honest, I’d rather just forget it exists.

First of all, I’ll say that I did enjoy the play. My review might make it sound like I thought otherwise, but the play was good as a whole entity, I just had a lot of issues with the plot.

Before I went, I avoided all spoilers, all reviews, even casual tweets or comments about it. I was very disiplined and managed to go into it without any expectations at all. Afterwards, of course, I did read the reviews and found people had the same opinions as me.

The play, as a play, was pretty incredible. The magic was magical, the sets and costumes, the acting and all that was brilliant. I wasn’t sure about the Imogen Heap music, but whatever. The story, however, was the most ridiculous story I’ve ever encountered. I’ll try not to use many spoilers, but the character of Delphi was just unbelievably ridiculous. She created so many plot holes, the main one being HOW ON EARTH CAN VOLDEMORT HAVE A CHILD!? I’ll just leave that there.

Other than that unbelievable plot device, the whole thing felt like fan fiction. Goblet of Fire fan fiction more than anything. Although I quite liked Scorpius, everyone else was just a caricature of their real (book) selves, particularly Ron who was reduced to a bumbling idiot mess with no substance at all. It all just felt unnecessary, and to be honest, as a massive Harry Potter fan, I’d rather just forget it ever happened. It doesn’t feel like J K Rowling actually had anything to do with it, despite her name being on the cover.

I was so excited to see this, having bought tickets 18 months in advance, and really tried to love it. My sister and I sat in a nearby restaurant between parts and exclaimed ‘I think the second part will be better’, without wanting to admit our disappointment. We were both relieved when we finally read all the other reviews and articles afterwards, to find that we weren’t alone.

Perhaps minor, casual Harry Potter fans would enjoy this, but I certainly didn’t.

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WWW Wednesday – 8th March 2017

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday post, a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. This is my first WWW post since September, and first post at all this year(!), but I’ve been very busy with my masters degree so I’ve had to take a step back from my blog. I have several reviews waiting to be written when I get chance, and I’m going to try to post WWW Wednesday and general reading update posts a little bit more regularly.

Please go and have a look at everyone else is reading and make sure you post your own WWW in the comments so I can have a look.

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The premise of the post is quite simple – answer the three Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween Freebie, so I’m going to do Top Ten Books to Read if You Don’t Like Being Scared! Although I like the idea of halloween, I hate anything scary. i never watch horror films, I never read horror books, I just don’t get why people enjoy being scared. So here’s ten books so help you escape all the scariness!


The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddonimg_0177


Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

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That’s the only seven I can think of that don’t actually have any element of fear in them. I suppose Life of Pi is pushing it a bit, he is on a boat with a tiger. But anyway, please enjoy these nice reads, and be happy this Halloween!

WWW Wednesday – 5th October 2016

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday post, a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Please go and have a look at everyone else is reading and make sure you post your own WWW in the comments so I can have a look.

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The premise of the post is quite simple – answer the three Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Continue reading