I just finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. All I can say is... I don't understand why so many people didn't like it. I loooooved it. But there are probably reasons for this~
I'm not actually going to do a rundown on the story because, to be honest, it would be super confusing. But I am going to run my mouth about how I felt about it. Serious spoilers ahead.
This was amazing. I think a lot of people were expecting a book, which it clearly is not. Rowling even stated this before it came out. It's an eighth story, not an eighth book. It's not even written by her, not really. I do feel the story holds the original magic of the first seven though.
A lot of people are mad or disappointed, some people have even said that it felt like fan fic (I've heard this from several people actually). If you haven't seen, or read, a play in a while it isn't going to connect as much in my opinion. I was in theater in high school. There are so many things that the script does not account for when you're reading it. Stage direction, effects, the facial features and reactions of the characters, even a character's tone can make such a difference (need I mention the much hated scene below -----------)
I just wanted to get that off my chest before I continued on.
Again, I loved it.
-The story focuses on Harry and Ginny's son, Albus, and his best friend Scorpius, only son to Draco Malfoy. I have to say Scorpius was definitely one of the best parts of this book. He's like a good mix of Hermione and Ron's personalities (he's what Rose had the opportunity to be). Oh, and they're both in Slytherin.
-Speaking of Rose, I'm super disappointed we didn't get to know her better. Honestly though, we're probably better off. She's what Hermione could have been if the boys hadn't balanced her out. She's Hermione on elite education steroids. This is apparent when she starts talking to Albus about choosing their friends wisely her first year.
-The story flashes back and forth from the Goblet of Fire events. So be prepared to relive some of that a lot. It's a good way to bring full closure to a story that needed a little more at the end though. I read a review that showed exactly how each book mirrored certain things and how the play easily wrapped things up in a very cyclic way. It was pretty neat.
-We get a lot of fan service. We see Snape (who still proves what a hero he is), Hagrid, Cedric, and even Umbridge (that bitch). One of my favorite parts of the book shows what would have happened if Harry and the gang had lost. I really had to appreciate Scorpius's bravery in flipping it all back, even if he was the "Scorpion King" in Voldemort world. He had to figure a way past Umbridge too since, you know, she ended up headmaster of Hogwarts with mudbloods screaming in the dungeon (not surprising).
-A lot of the focus is in on Harry and Albus's relationship. I appreciated that it didn't come right out and say Harry was having acceptance problems with his own son. He started to blame everything and everyone, including Scorpius, for being a threat to his son after a prophecy revealed that a dark cloud hung around Albus. Harry had eventually started acting like the adults he resented in his youth, and really couldn't fully acknowledge his son for who he was: a slightly rebellious Slytherin who was best friends with his childhood arch nemesis. This ended up mirrored in Albus's own acceptance of himself, and his father's celebrity, creating a slightly poisonous relationship. I'm sure there is a lot more there if you see the play, but for me it struck a chord.
-The relationships with the adults tended to shift with the Time-Turner actions. It was a hoot, and it was great to see different chemistry between Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
-Delphi-eh. She was a plot device. Again, a little interesting; but it got us where we needed to go in the story. I find her history plausible but unlikely. She was a pretty good bad guy though.
Overall, I really enjoyed the whole premise. The interactions with the characters really cemented their history. It was a kind of "I got that reference" sort of deal. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brought everything full circle with a great wrap up, and I'm honestly glad I read it.