Book Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Cursed Child is a rehashing of the HP world, an epilogue, if you will, in screenplay format. Will everyone like it? No. Did I? Yes. Why, you ask? (Pretend I’m answering in a British accent, thereby sounding way more professorial and magical than I am.)

Why did I, D. Marie Prokop, like The Cursed Child?

Because, like the most recent version of Harry Potter, I’m a middle-aged, tired, over-worked parent who, deep-down, really wants her kids to like her. I also miss the glory days of inhaling children’s and YA literature as easy to digest and as undeniably delicious as Harry Potter. Though I am NOT off sweets as an adult, there are many things I miss about being young. As a parent of teens, The Cursed Child felt like J.K. included me in the story this time also. There were tears and stuff. Grown-up, muggle-style ones…

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is unrivaled, in my opinion. Her fantasy story about an adolescent misfit wizard inspired millions of children to read fiction. Respect is due. And I hate to let a good story end. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed this epilogue-of-sorts. I also appreciated the format. I read a LOT, but I have a jam-packed life, and screenplays are much easier to digest quickly. I took it slow simply because I have a stubborn side that didn’t want the magic to stop. Again.

Anyway, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I won’t go into details. I’ll suffice it to say, the story was okay. Not fantastic, but okay. It was new-ish, with gobs of nostalgia to take you back in time without a time-turner. Remember Bane, Platform Nine and ¾, Dolores Umbridge, Cedric Diggory, the Mauraders Map, Moaning Myrtle, and the Invisibility Cloak?

Good times . . . again.

Quote #1

TROLLEY WITCH: These hands have made over six million Pumpkin Pasties. I’ve gotten quite good at them. But what people haven’t noticed about my Pumpkin Pasties is how easily they transform into something else . . .

She picks up a Pumpkin Pasty. She throws it like a grenade. It explodes.

Quote #2

HARRY: You really think this could all mean something?

HERMIONE (with a smile): It could do. But if it does, we’ll find a way to fight it, Harry. We always have.

 Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: The Play


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The Top File

Each of the officers had two files before them.  They never kept these particular records electronically—only physical copies existed.  They were easier to destroy, if it became necessary.  Hands rifled through the thick stack of papers as they waited for the meeting to commence.

The top file was labeled Threats, underneath was Number One.

The Red Knot, Prologue


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This Over-Zealous Jesus-Freak

Oh crap. The retreat. 

Kayla clears her throat in a vain attempt to make me feel guilty.  She’s bummed that I refused to go to some lame youth retreat with her this weekend.  My mother and my new step-father, Bob, are also disappointed. They were about to be outdone in their disappointment by this over-zealous Jesus-freak.

On The Outward Appearance, a YA Fantasy Short Story by D. Marie Prokop

On The Outward Appearance takes a brave and uncomfortable look at the human heart.

Please leave a review so others can discover this introspective tale that stares cynicism in the face and ponders the conclusion that good and bad aren’t as simple as they look.

Thankfully, neither is love.

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Only With The Heart

One book in particular caught her eye.  The title had faded golden letters—The Little Prince.   She opened the thin volume and began reading.

It was a quirky children’s fantasy story, but Hani fell in love with the demure, charming, lost little prince from the very first page.  The narrator, a pilot who crashed his plane in the desert, befriends a stranger, a little golden-haired boy who claims he came from another planet.  The pilot listens as the prince tells him all about his planet and his special concern for a flower, the rose he has sworn to protect.

The little prince shares his deepest thoughts with the pilot, claiming grown-ups are too serious and miss what’s important.  The prince claims life is sometimes too mysterious to understand and one must accept both the mystery with the reality.

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,” Hani read.


The Little Prince is now a Netflix Original Movie. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s fantastical tale is reimagined and retold for a new generation. I highly recommend reading the book. Its whimsical story is paired with original watercolor pictures drawn by the author, a celebrated French novelist, journalist, and pilot.

The movie attempts to depict to this imaginative story in a new way, but while beautiful on the screen, movies fail to let people exercise their individual imaginations, which is partly the point of the story  to begin with. I may be too “grown-up” in my opinion, but this story is close to my heart and highly revered, which is why I shared it in The Red Knot. It’s also difficult to support the movie’s additional plot of a little girl blindly befriending a weird old man and then lying about spending time with him to her mother.  Um… stranger danger? If only they had made him her grandfather or something. It was slightly creepy, honestly. And dangerous in reality.  But the fox, the rose, the snake, the aviator, and The Little Prince were brilliant and magically portrayed. The message of what is essential came across and that’s what really matters.

See with your heart!





The Dreamer

“What you had planned for evil, God had planned for good.”

From The Red Cloak, Chapter 11, The Upside-Down World

In one of my other lives, I’m a singer/songwriter. I’d like to share an original song that fits into the theme of Days of the Guardian, The Dreamer. Hope you enjoy it.

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