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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling/ Jack Thorne /John Tiffany

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: mortality, violence, witchcraft, timeshifting.

Goodreads Rating: 2 Stars

Review:

I’d been so very torn about reading Cursed Child. When I heard that it came out, it was on my To-Buy list immediately, but then I started to hesitate when I saw the reviews. I didn’t want to spoil the magical world that I grew up with, so I put it off. Mentioning this to a friend (shout out to Amber!), she said she had a copy that I could borrow if I decided I wanted to give it a chance.

I’ll say within the first 30 pages, I knew I didn’t like it. Part of the reason was because I struggled in that aspect reading this script and imagining some of the parts that don’t pertain to what we know of as cannon in the wizarding world. The other part was the way the plot was pushed along. It felt very fast (almost too fast) and emotionally charged, to where I felt as a reader that I wasn’t getting depth in the characters. JK Rowling put so much complexity into her characters and her writing, but we’re following the children of these characters she created, and we get very little depth on their character development. I could only superficially understand the “cursed child” syndrome, and in script form Albus comes off full of angst and dramatics- circa Harry fifth year- so it made me dislike him almost immediately, whereas I’d rather like the main character.

Despite all that I will say overall, the script got more exciting the further I read on and the story overall is an interesting concept. A brief summary for those who haven’t read: Harry’s middle-child son, Albus Severus, dislikes being the famous Harry Potter’s Slytherin son. Albus overhears Cedric Diggory’s father asking Harry to use a time turner to go back to the Triwizard Tournament and prevent Cedric from dying at Voldemort’s hands- a request Harry denies. Albus decided to fulfill the request instead, and with his best friend Scorpius Malfoy  and Amos Diggory’s niece Delphini, they set out to change the course of history, each for their own personal gain.

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To me, it felt like I was reading published fan fiction. It was entertaining, but I can’t quite accept it as canon (and as I’ve seen in other reviews, I’m not alone on this), and I really dislike that it’s considered the eighth book in the Harry Potter series. It’s not a book, it’s a play script, and there are so many little bits of information that do not correlate with the structures set by the preceding books.

So, answer the big question: to read or not to read? I say read if you are hardcore potterhead, and take in the story with a grain of salt, as if you were reading any other fan fiction. It’s not going to ruin the world we know and love- it’s just going to give another alternative view.

Published: July 31, 2016

Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books

TL/DR: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play script based off the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and considered the 8th book of the series.

Read it? Ugh. This book…. if you’re a diehard potterhead, read it to say you did so that you have some backup for when you complain about it.

Recommend it? NO. I really think it’s not acceptable cannon.

Buy it? Definitely buy the hardcover version for your HP collection, and let it perpetually be on your TBR.

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11 replies

  1. I agree with you so much. I hate to accept this book as the official eighth story, mainly because I strongly disagree with the plot – time turner. I cannot accept the fact that they are in very serious trouble again. It is so unfair for Harry to go through the pain again after so long. HoweverI am thankful to still be able to read about Harry and the gang’s story after the Wizarding War 🙂

    • Exactly! I feel that the time turner plot is interesting, as if when we read Goblet of Fire, the time turner part may have happened and the reader would have never known, but the reasoning behind keeping the one time turner, and then the secret that comes out about that time turner… it’s too much. It’s too far fetched. It goes against what Prizoner of Azkaban taught us about Time Turners.

      Oh my, I ranted! Sorry about that! Anyways, I’m totally with you too!

      • Yeah, right now I am currently rereading PoA and thats where we are introduced to time turners.. I am just shocked tho with Delphini’s presence. It does not make sense at all of her being the offspring of both Bellatrix and Voldemort ???

      • Yeah the time line there is really messed up, and I don’t see how that was really plausible. I think if the time line was explained better then maybe I would entertain that idea- I mean, Bellatrix and Voldemort do seem like quite the match, hahaha!

      • And with Amos Diggery’s decision to bring Cedric back from the dead is so weird? It looks like he’s not in his right state to think about that

      • Yes, very good point, I thought that too!

  2. I totally agree about this seeming like a fanfiction (a badly written one infact). I felt like slapping Harry’s son several times. He was such a dramatic person and he had no sense. Draco’s son was even more sensible. Harry too seemed like he had a couple of mental issues. On the overall, this disappointed me a lot.

    • Yes!! I just can’t accept it as the ‘Eighth Book’, and though it makes me sad to be disappointed in a Harry Potter product, I’m glad I’m not alone in this situation. Thank you Taiwo!

      • Me either. It ISN’T the 8th book. It thoroughly lacked that “Rowlingness” that made the Harry Potter books so loved. Part of me doubts that she had anything to do with the writing of the script. Harry was her baby. The way he was depicted in this book was so far from how he usually is.

      • Exactly. The magic wasn’t there, the world that she created wasn’t there, and the characters that we all grew up with weren’t depicted in the script.

      • Exactly!! I totally agree with you.

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