Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II by John Tiffany

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve never read a play before, yet in one month I’ve read both a play AND a screenplay… both from the Potter/Rowling Franchise too.
A lot of people said that this lacked the original magic from the HP series, I’m inclined to disagree. Whilst nothing will EVER compare or take us back to those 7 years we ALL spent at Hogwarts I felt like this was a step in the right direction. I can look back at the original books and know that everything really did work itself out in the end. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco DID make it through adult life. They moved on and managed to live lives like anyone else.
Introducing Harry and the Gang as 40 year olds revisiting old troubles, getting some idea how the grown ups in their lives felt finishes off a lovely complete storyline.
I wish more books did this, revisited the characters later on in life.
An amazing book, and the format was actually pretty easy to follow.

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Review: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve become a bit obsessed with Neil Gaiman’s work recently. In a book club I run (alongside others) – (www.facebook.com/groups/fcbookclub2015) – we were given the theme to read a book chosen by a teenager. Truth be told, this book was chosen by a teenager for someone else, but due to my Gaiman obsession when I noticed it was at the library I had to borrow it.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me. Onto the book. I loved Nobody. I loved the character. I loved how he ended up in the graveyard. What I did feel is that is was a bit disjointed in places.
Liked it enough to give it a three star rating though so that’s got to be something.

I did LOVE the pictures before each chapter AND finding out that he (Gaiman) started the book at chapter four. It’s always cool to find out how the author came upon the story.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I borrowed this via my libraries ebook app.

I started reading this before I had seen the film. This is my first screenplay that I have ever read. I am not overly keen on reading books in this format (that doesn’t reflect on the book at all though).

Usually when reading a book I prefer to NOT have seen the film, however, due to circumstances I ended up watching the film after I had only read 3-4 scenes from the screenplay. The rest of the book, I found, was actually much more easier to read once I could see the scenes playing out from the film. As a screenplay is written for screen, it definitely helps to be able to SEE the scenes instead of relying on a few words to describe it.

An excellent addition to the HP series, hopefully the future films will also be published in this format so I can continue reading them as well as watching.

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