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Harry Potter and Cursed Child’ failed to impress fans on pages


Indian people pose for phootgraphers with copies of J.K. Rowling’s new book "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' during an event to mark the book launch at a mall in Chennai on July 31, 2016. Harry Potter magic hit Asia, as aspiring witches and wizards crowded into bookstores to get their hands on the first copies of a new play that imagines the hero as an adult. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR

London: Looks like ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ could not impress the fans in its book form, reports ANI. The Hollywood Reporter was one of the first publication to give the book a negative review, saying: “The big problem is The Cursed Child is less an original story than a remix of the existing Potter mythology. The been there, done that feeling to the whole thing is its greatest weakness,” reports the Independent.

Meanwhile, many fans on Twitter were not happy with JK Rowling‘s latest effort. “Cannot believe I just wasted my life on Cursed Child. Why? How could something be so horrible?” noted one. If I could get a time turner, I would use it to unread Cursed Child. Too bad they were all destroyed. Or maybe they weren’t. Who knows,” wrote the other.

According to the claims of the unhappy fans, the story reads more like fan-fiction than a story written by Rowling. Some readers were disappointed with the fact that it is a script of the play that is being printed.

While some took to Amazon and posted the reviews of the book. One reader, Laura Guascone, said: “I really wanted to love this as much as I do the original 7 books, but I was disappointed. It is a fun read if you take it as a stand alone play, but when you tie it in with the rest of the Harry Potter universe significant plot holes become apparent. I really wish JK Rowling hadn’t said this was ‘canon’, then I would be able to have enjoyed it for what it is.”

While other reader, Divye Ruhela said: “This is a script book to a play! In ‘simple’ words, it means the dialogues and story delivery won’t be similar to the traditional HP novels. You’re just plainly given what the characters say beside their names (with minimal expression description). BUT, the read was still very very fun for me. The writing is not at all stale (as some people claimed a script book might turn out to be). Infact, it’ll keep you glued once you’re immersed in it.”

“Feels like jk has spent too much time on Too many plot holes. The original Harry Potter series made her rich and now she’s just greedy. The story ended with deathly hallows for me. I brought this without much hope and was right to not hope for a lot. Far fetched at best. I won’t put spoilers in my review but I’m glad I had a voucher so this didn’t cost me anything,” said another reader, Mel T, on Amazon.