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Second line of dialogue of Act 1 Scene 3:
ROSE GRANGER-WEASLEY (spotting ALBUS POTTER's loving look at the Chocolate Frogs):
Al. We need to concentrate.
Though described as the canonical eighth Harry Potter story, the central character is his and Ginny's son Albus, who faces parental disappointment partly because of his friendship with Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco, and decides to right the wrongs done by the youthful Harry to Cedric Diggory during the events of Goblet of Fire (which I think is the best of the original series). It is enjoyable enough, but I felt the central narrative was a bit overstrained (and the female characters overshadowed, apart from the duplicitous Delphi), The plot revolves around time travel and paradoxes, and I think honours the source material well, taking us back not only to the Tri-Wizard Tournament but also to the murder of Harry's parents in Godric's Hollow, forcing everyone to confront their own pasts and alternative presents (there's a particularly grim moment for Hermione and Ron in one of the alternative timelines). It would be nice to see it on stage of course, but this will do.

This topped three of my lists simultaneously - the most popular unread book by a woman, most popular unread book acquired in 2016, and most popular unread sf book. Next in those respective lists are The Help by Katherine Stockett in the first, and The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein in the second and third.

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mountainkiss
Jul. 4th, 2017 06:39 pm (UTC)
I really wish you'd warn for spoilers.
nwhyte
Jul. 8th, 2017 11:09 am (UTC)
Oops. Sorry.
vilakins
Jul. 5th, 2017 12:05 am (UTC)
SPOILERS
I was very disappointed.

SPOILERS




Apparently this was great on stage, but Rowling (or whoever wrote it) doesn't know how to write plays (directions like "their minds are in hell" don't belong in scripts), nor can the writer punctuate. This can't have been edited; I didn't notice any such errors in her books, which I loved.

The plot was disjointed - how did Harry know Delphi's name? - and the characters apart from Albus and Scorpius were badly drawn. I couldn't see Ron or Hermione in their adult versions. I did rather love Scorpius though; his dialogue was witty and funny, but the scenes without the boys were awfully flat.
andrewducker
Jul. 5th, 2017 08:40 pm (UTC)
It is definitely worth seeing on stage, if you get the chance.
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