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 and 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. Spoiler alert: fuck this book. Here is my 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.
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 I really wish that I haven’t. 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 really horrible 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 the very few reasons why I was glad to have read it.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Good
- 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.)
- The relationship between Albus and Scorpius. There’s 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.
Overall Rating: 1/5 stars.
P.S. I do still want to see the play in person, it’d be interesting how the script will be performed on stage.
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