The world felt a tad more magical this weekend as the Harry Potter fandom celebrated the birthday of not only it’s title character, but the brains behind the entire operation, author J.K. Rowling. Parties, marathons, and rereads all led up to their big day, but not just to celebrate the pair’s next trip around the sun. Rowling’s latest enterprise, The Cursed Child, officially premiered in London, and the script itself flew off of store shelves just as it’s seven predecessors had before.
It isn’t quite the same as reading the original series that fans fell so hard for, but understandably, since the story is meant to walk hand in hand on stage with the lights, music, choreography, and the actors themselves.
Nonetheless, the characters, plot, and relationships found in The Cursed Child have received mixed reviews. There are some light spoilers below, but we understand that spoilers are spoilers. Enter at your own risk.
Just finished #TheCursedChild. Really hope readers keep in mind the format limitations of a play.
— Alicia (@StJoan) August 1, 2016
I wanted so badly to love it, but unfortunately #TheCursedChild read very much like a subpar fanfiction ????
— Alex Rankin (@alexmakescakes) July 31, 2016
When you finish #TheCursedChild and teddy lupin still hasn’t made an appearance
— Anna Lynch (@lynchanna12) July 31, 2016
— SadYouth (@Mason_Blackk) July 31, 2016
like there were parts that made me question why I was reading it but all in all it was pretty decent — rosie (@rosiiealiice) July 31, 2016
— N$$$$$$ (@NSivanushanthan) July 31, 2016
And, finally, what we’re all thinking after reaching the end of the eighth installment of Harry’s tale.
Was the wait worth it? Let’s talk first impressions of the story in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble!
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