oaklandartsreviewSince it's getting close to time to go back to school, I had to share some thoughts on a very exciting, and somewhat controversial book. Overall, I would definitely recommend reading, after completing the first 7 books. What did you think? Share in the comments! (No spoilers for those who haven't finished! If you want to be completely and totally surprised though, read the book first and this after.) •
It's been 9 years since I stayed up till 3am to read a brand-new Harry Potter book. I wasn't planning on reading The Cursed Child. I felt once a series that was so key to my childhood ended, it should stay ended. But I just couldn't resist, so I picked it up and didn't put it down until I finished 2.5 hours later. •
This is not a kids book to me. It is just as family-friendly as all the others, but J. K. Rowling didn't publish this just for first-time readers. The new characters and their perspective is captivating, but I still saw the adults as a key perspective. •
This is a book for the generations that are learning to be grown-ups. For this 19-year-old university student, The Cursed Child wasn't about dragging on my childhood. For the original three, it was showing how it's okay to grow up. Harry, Ron, and Hermione survived adulthood with their sense of character intact. They proved that growing up isn't escaping adventures, it just transforms them. Sometimes, it's the parts of grown-up life (like having children) that drag you right back into a great adventure.
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