Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Review

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverA good majority of the people born in the 90s grew up to be Potterheads – myself included.
Hearing about another Harry Potter novel coming out I was like, GASSSSSSSSPPPPPPPP!!!!!!
That was like the most exciting news ever!
But when I found out it was a play I was sort of discouraged.
I had a lot of doubts about this novel/script when I first heard about it and after hearing several opinions I had to wonder how much I’d like it.
After all that time, fans came up with their own theories about what happened after the Deathly Hallows and wrote fan-fictions that were actually really good.
So to have their dreams and ideas get stomped on by a play…well, I can see where the mixed reviews come from.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child follows the story of Harry’s son Albus, who’s starting his First Year at Hogwarts with worry. Living up to the Potter name isn’t easy, and apparently one day can change the course of your life forever. Harry, who is now the Head of Magical Law Enforcement has his own problems to deal with and being Father of the Year isn’t one of his priorities. While Albus struggles through school and tries to figure out how to be more than Harry Potter’s son, a devious plot starts to unfold with the threat of Voldemort’s return.

Reviews and opinions of other Potterheads aside, I didn’t really hate the eighth book as much as others did.
It was certainly different but it still had that Harry Potter charm – just in script and dialogue form.
I am also guilty of writing my own future fan-fiction, but it was nice to see what J. K. Rowling wanted for the Potter future (even if it wasn’t what any of the readers were expecting, and even though she didn’t really write the whole thing).
I wish there were more books and more detail into the characters and their histories. What we got was just a glimpse of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and even Draco.
To me, the book was just another story to add to the collection – something sort of separate from it.

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Authors Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was every bit as magical as any other Harry Potter novel – just with less detail. The characters are relatable (yes, even Draco and his son Scorpius who is still my fav) and believable. Maybe there was a little too much teenage angst but at least it was understandable. Albus struggling to be his own person and more than just Harry Potter’s son. It’s a burden, and even with Scorpius trying to be more than just Draco’s son.

 

In my opinion, anyone who’s ever read or written their own Harry Potter Fan-Fiction in the past several years will probably be somewhat disappointed by this script – I mean if I can be honest, it sounds a little bit like fan-fiction anyway. Still, this continuation of the Harry Potter novels is still very enjoyable and entertaining. I just wish I could see the play – or at least they should sell DVDs of it. I would definitely buy it.

4/5 Hearts of Love

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