Basically fan fiction within the Harry Potter universe, 19 years after the Battle for Hogwarts.
There’s not much more to say. I don’t even know how I haven’t read this yet, since it came out 3 years ago. Probably because I wasn’t interested in reading a PLAYSCRIPT when I found out about that, and dismissed it as not worth my time.
Well I must have forgotten all about my initial disappointment about this “book” when I was gifted it for Christmas last year. I had even been a little excited to start this book since I got it, until I got a few pages in and was like: Wait, does this come in book form, or is this all I’ve got? And we all know the end of that story. I was reminded why I never purchased this book in the first place.
Not that it was all bad. I tried to enjoy it for what it was and at least finish the story. Most of the time, the characters we know were true to how we know them to be, and their childrens’ characteristics made sense as well. But… there were some awkward lines and moments where I couldn’t figure out what someone meant. There was a lot of cheesy filler stuff that was just trying to be PC, as this play-script was published in a different time than the actual books.
Some of it almost felt invasive to the history of the original series. Muddling around with time, visiting key moments and giving them a new perspective. Some of it was creative and interesting, but a lot of it was like: Ok, just leave this aspect of the HP universe alone. We don’t need to see grown Harry watching his parents die and baby Harry surviving. Not necessary. They had to go for the biggest, most emotional moments to bring in all the fans.
Well, I might be 3 years late in saying this, but the majority of HP fans weren’t impressed with this one. I tried to go easy on the book for a while — but in the end, I was grateful that it was mostly dialogue because of how fast it was to read through and finish. This book is lucky that it’s affiliated with Harry Potter and looks so pretty, or I would for sure give it away and add it to my list (20 books in 2020).
As it is, I’m, not really sure what to rate it… but I wouldn’t exactly say thumbs up.
On a separate note, I finished another book earlier this month that I didn’t write a post on because I didn’t have very much to say about it.
This is how the post started:
“Truly magical. A tale of the childhood of two sisters in India.
I loved the style of narration in this book. Charmingly simple and wonderfully rich with detail. The perspective through young eyes is so naive and unique. There’s a lot to gain from the books that stretch your vocabulary and really push you to think harder, but there are also profound lessons to learn from children.
I felt like I had traveled to India after reading this. There are so many cultural differences between present-day America and Narayangunj, India of 1914. I’m sure it’s different over there now than it was during the era of this story, but I wouldn’t know. Guess I have to go there myself now and see 🙂
There’s a multitude of religions practiced by members within the same house. The girls learned about the traditions of Hindus, Muslims, Christians of multiple sects, and other religious point of views. But where these differences may cause war in some parts of the world, it’s completely natural to the Godden girls. They know which servant is allowed to touch what and how everyone is stacked in the caste system.
It was so incredibly interesting and educational for me to experience India’s holidays like Holi, the Festival of Colors, where everyone takes to the street and throws colors at each other…”
…and that’s about as far as I got. Not really sure what else I can say about this book, because I absolutely adored it.
That’s all for today. Enjoy your Memorial Day 🙂