Harry Potter and The Cursed Child | Book Review

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child | Book Review

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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