Why I’m Not Planning to Read The Cursed Child

When the news first broke that there would be a new Harry Potter story, the Internet almost broke with the excitement.

I felt alone because I was more than a little apprehensive. Granted, I wasn’t spending much time on Twitter at that point, so maybe there were pockets of people like me that I missed. Genuine fans, I mean, not people who hate or even just don’t care about the whole phenomenon. There are some people who take pride in having unpopular opinions, who seem to do it just to go against the grain.

That’s not why I’m not planning to read The Cursed Child.

It’s the format.

I don’t like plays.

I don’t like seeing them and I certainly don’t like reading them. I read a lot of fan fiction (not Harry Potter, oddly enough given the topic here) in my day and I always, always skipped the ones written in script format. Sure, it was partly because they were mostly poorly written, but it was also because it’s not a good format for reading. I like description, not stage direction.

However, as for as sitting in the audience and actually watching a play, I can’t do that either. I get insane second-hand embarrassment from watching live performances (acting and even musical performances). It’s weird, I know, but it makes me physically uncomfortable so it’s something I avoid.

Sure, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype. I remember pre-ordering earlier books from Amazon (the ONLY books I’ve pre-ordered) and the joy of not paying for prime shipping but receiving the book on release day anyway. I saw a poster in Barnes & Noble recently and wanted to come home and pre-order it.

But I didn’t, because I don’t want this book, not in this format.

I'll wait for the movie

JK Rowling has said it’s not happening, but I think it will. There are truckloads of money to be made, so it will happen eventually. I’ll be here, waiting.



  1. Girl I’m totally with you. I saw so many people freaking out on social media platforms, and the whole time I was just kind of like “ehh…” Trust me, I’m a huge HP fan, but something about this just doesn’t tickle me. And I agree, a movie will most likely be made.

  2. Interesting. I love plays, but I’ve only read a few. I’m not sure how this experience will go, but I have pre-ordered the new “book”. Sadly, even though I have Amazon Prime, it will not be arriving on 7/31. It should reach my house by 8/3. My husband and I are both HUGE fans of Harry Potter, so I don’t know if we’ll read the book together, out loud, or take turns. It should be interesting. I’m excited, but I think you’re probably right. It will be a movie someday. I’m counting on it being a touring show in the US by 2018. We’ll be there in the front row when it comes to our neck of the woods (assuming the story is good).
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  3. I like plays but am really nervous about READING one. I think I just need to know what happens so I’m going to deal with it, hahha.
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  4. This is interesting. I’m not sure if I’ll read this one or not; I didn’t know it was in a play format, but though I haven’t read any for a long while, I used to enjoy reading plays and dramas. But of course, I also enjoy live theater, especially musicals! (I’ve had season tickets to the Muny, the local outdoor theater, for a couple of decades!)
    Still, I’m hesitant to read this one; so often follow-ups don’t live up to the originals and I don’t want to be disappointed.
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  5. I’ve never been overly fond of reading plays, but I’ve at least been able to tolerate them in the past. I preordered the book a few days ago with the hopes that the Harry Potter aspect would overshadow (and potentially mask altogether) its less than desirable format. I’m still a bit hesitant, not only because it was written as a play, but because, in the back of my mind, I have a feeling that it won’t be as good as or live up to the original series.
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  6. I’d like to try it, just to see how I take to the format (and because I’m too curious not to). But you bring up a valid point that I hadn’t considered yet. I wonder if/how the “script format” will translate into audiobook format. It may not even be released in audio format. If not, then I doubt I will be curious enough to actually read it.

  7. I like watching plays, but I do not like reading the scripts for them at all. I’ve taken a reasonable number of classes on Renaissance drama, and I just hate reading things that are supposed to be performed. I don’t really care about spoilers or whatnot, so I already looked up stuff about the plot. I will also wait to see it. I also refuse to believe there won’t be a movie, or a filming of the stage production, or something, eventually. There’s too much money to be made, as you said, and, honestly, that’s what would make it *really* accessible. I know they said they’re publishing the script so it’s fair for people who can’t get to London, or whatever major cities the play may move to, but a DVD version would also be fair, if that’s something they’re actually concerned about (not saying they are or even need to be, but it’s been a discussion).
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