To Buy or Not To Buy: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

A great surprise for us all last week: for those of us who won’t be able to go to the play, there will be a book with the script made available this summer. The great question in my mind: will it be worth buying?

Harry Potter and the cursed childThe media present it as the eight book in the Harry Potter series, which makes it seem like it follows up the seventh. It does in a way, but let’s all be aware we’re talking about a script here. It is not a similar story told by J.K. Rowling such as the other books, rather it is a transcription of the two plays that make up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I’ve written about the play before and although I very much would have wanted to go, I will not be able to (mainly because of financial reasons, the plays are quite expensive). Now that the script will be published I’m finding myself wondering whether I will purchase the book once it is released.

The book will be released on 31 July, a day after the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which gives me more than enough time to think about whether I’m going to purchase or pre-order it. I have several reasons for my doubt. First of all, it’s the transcription of the play, it’ll hardly be like any of the other seven books. It won’t have the same magic and the same feeling. But alright, that can be overlooked. I’ll adapt to that. However, I don’t seem to be able to overlook the fact that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an extension of the epilogue. I didn’t like the epilogue in the seventh book in the first place, seeing an extension of that on paper, therefore, doesn’t appeal to me. I felt like the Harry Potter series were so well done and they were good where they ended (well, sort of – we could have done without the epilogue). A play, alright, but a book of a play? It feels like I’m being cheated.

Nevertheless, there is still this undeniable curiosity. I’d love to know the story, especially since I am not going to the plays. The Harry Potter geek does come out and that curiosity makes all the previous reasons seem mute. I’m not convinced yet, but I am not able to say that I’m not going to purchase it ever, because I do know myself and my impulsiveness hasn’t died out yet.

How do you feel about the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Are you going to purchase it? Or will you settle for reading a copy in the library? 

 

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