Revised rating from 4 stars to 2 stars on 8/30/16...
Never mind. I just re-read the original series, and HP and the Cursed Child pales badly in comparison. What a disappointment.
I'd forgotten the magic. Cursed Child has none.
The haters have it right...there's no way these words were written by J.K. Rowling.
The Harry, Ron, and Hermione in this story are NOT the same Harry, Ron, and Hermione I was expecting. It's not a bad thing, I suppose. Just different.
I enjoyed reading the story in this format. That was different too, and it forced my imagination muscles to work a little harder than usual.
While the characters were not Jo's, the story definitely was. It's magical and emotional and I loved it. Of course, it 100% relies on nostalgia for it to work. Anyone not familiar with Harry's story won't find much here to hold their attention. But for us Harry lovers, get ready to smile as the memories of your first Harry experience come back to you!
That's how it happened for me anyway. Now I have to start a Harry Potter re-read!
Because of the format and the oddly written characters that should be familiar but aren't, I suspect there will be some who don't like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It's different enough that some might be turned off.
But, if you can look past whats different and focus on what's the same, you might just find yourself needing to re-read Harry again too.