As every addicted muggle in the world, within the very first days of August, I held “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” which I had preordered in May and was really, really, really looking forward to reading. And the day came that I finally did. And then I wished I hadn’t.
Ok, to be honest I liked it but not as much as I was hoping to. The book starts where the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” leaves us, on platform 9 and 3/4, 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts. It’s Albus’s first year and he expresses his fear to Harry that he might be sorted into Slytherin and his father comforts him saying that Slytherin would be lucky to have him since he got his middle name -Severus- from one of the bravest men he ever knew, and he was a Slytherin. And that’s where the story starts, as we follow Albus on Hogwarts Express and through his school years.
The fact that it was the script of the play and not a novel did not bother me at all. On the contrary, it was quite easy to read. But there are so many things going on in this book that at some point I felt like it was fanfiction at its finest. The truth is that Rowling did not write it by herself but I assume she had the final saying in it, so it was a bit dissapointing that she would approve this result as a sequel to the series. I give it 2,5 stars out of 5 because I expected more.
And now let me rumble on about the one thing – or should I say things – I did not know was missing from my life but Netflix did. “Stranger Things” is the best series I have watched in a looooong time! It is set in the ’80s and it is about a boy’s disappearance which is followed by strange events. The first season consists of 8 episodes that one can’t help but watch in a day. It’s like the “Goonies”meets “E.T.” and “Elfen Lied” in a Clash concert and the result is divine!
The cast is perfect, with a “forgotten” Winona Ryder in a role no one will forget, and little Millie Bobby Brown stealing everyone’s thunder with her flawless appearance and impeccable acting skills! I give it 6 out of 5 stars and can’t wait for the second season!
In other news, I am currently reading the “Hunger Games” trilogy so I will be posting my review soon along with something bookish that I am trying for the first time, so stay tuned!
Till next time,