I’m going to try to keep this review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as nonspoilery as possible but proceed at your own risk if you haven’t read this yet.
I am the world’s biggest Potterhead (don’t deny it – I have you all beat) so I have no idea as to why I didn’t pick Harry Potter & the Cursed Child on its release day but instead almost a month later. Anyways, I literally just finished it like two seconds ago (from the time I’m writing this.. it’s currently 7:12 pm on August 25th ) and I have some thoughts that I would like to share with you!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review
Man o’ man, I don’t even know where to begin. Harry Potter has been a part of my life for basically, well, my whole life. I grew up with it so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
So when I heard that an eighth book (P.S. if you didn’t know by now, this is actually a script.. like it says on the cover.. not a novel), I was hesitant about picking this up.
I wanted to read it of course, but I also didn’t want the entire series to be ruined for me. Now that I’ve read it? I don’t even know. I’m glad I did read it but I also kind of wish that I wouldn’t have. Here’s why.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Bad
- Towards the beginning of the novel, time would jump multiple years at a time. I didn’t like that but I also understand this is a script for the play so it makes sense from looking at it that way.
- This read like okayish written fan fiction.
- The time travel was pretty hard to keep straight as it kept bouncing from the past to the future almost constantly.
- This opened up some plot holes for the whoooooole series. Like, *spoiler* Voldemort has a daughter with Bellatrix Lestrange. When the fuck did that happen in the books? No pregnancy of hers was ever mentioned.
- Ron was portrayed to be a buffoon, I didn’t like that.
- Albus was whiney “waaaah, my dad’s Harry Potter waaaaah”. It got kind of old, quick.
- I wish they would have explained the whereabouts of some other characters such as George Weasley and Hagrid.
And here’s why I was glad to have read it.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Good
- It was really cool to see how the original trio’s lives turned out.
- I actually didn’t mind the format of this too much as it made reading it much quicker. Of course, I would prefer an actually heavy novel like the rest of the Harry Potter series (it’s not affecting my rating though).
- Hermione Granger is the Minister of Magic. That’s fricken awesome. She’s my favorite character ever (not to mention Emma Watson is my life role model.)
- I remember reading the Chamber of Secrets and just thinking how crazy it would be if Voldemort had a daughter and then dun dun dun, he does lol. Even though this opened up a plot hole like I said above, I thought it was cool that my thought came true.
- The relationship between Albus and Scorpius. There was some weird sexual tension between the two and I wish it would’ve been explained more but nevertheless, they were great. Particularly Scorpius, he was my fave.
- I liked that Ron ran Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes now although that’s not the profession I pictured him in.
- I loved this book because it’s impossible to not love anything Harry Potter related.
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars.
P.S. I definitely want to see the play in person now, I’m interested in how the script will be performed on stage.
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