2016 · July · Reviews

Book Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, by Jack Thorne

Published in 2016 by Little, Brown UK | Two feathers

This review contains spoilers.
If you would like to know my spoiler-free thoughts, I wrote a short review on Goodreads, which you can find here.

Summary from Goodreads:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Review:

That is the official summary of the book. Before you start reading the play, I would like you to know that it gives a wrong view of what it is actually about. After reading the summary, I had expected to get to see a post-Voldemort Hogwarts. I expected hot chocolates in Hogsmeade. I expected to see a reestablished Ministry for Magic. I expected to get to revisit all the old characters, to meet their children and see the relationships between them and their parents. Maybe even some Harry-Dudley interaction.

Instead, we were presented with some weird time-travelling business to save Cedric, whose importance in this particular story I didn’t entirely understand, and a world in which Voldemort and Bellatrix had a daughter, which does not make sense as it implies that there is a giant plot hole in the remaining seven books. By the end of it, I was left wondering what the hell I had just read, the text feeling like some form of B-type fan fiction.

There were some plot holes within this story as well. If it was that easy to transfigure into someone else, why did the Trio have to spend time making a Polyjuice Potion to get into the Ministry in The Deathly Hallows? How could Delphi be so sure that Albus and Scorpius were going to agree to her plan that she had prepared Polyjuice Potion, which takes ages to make? We could also mention again that Voldemort and Bellatrix have a daughter. Sure, she might have been a devoted groupie, but to have a daughter with Voldemort? Just no. And can we please talk about the Trolley Witch? What was that even?

Also, the characters didn’t act as themselves. Hermione wasn’t as smartass as usual, and Ron’s jokes were often off-kilter with bad timing. It felt very out of character for Harry to be angry at Albus for ending up in Slytherin and being unpopular in school. Draco and Harry were not supposed to be friends – mutual respect, yes, but friends? No.
And don’t even get me started on McGonagall.

I was not impressed. And I am so disappointed, because I was so happy that we were getting a new Harry Potter book and I really wanted to like it. Instead, I am going to see this as something completely separate and pretend that the series ended with The Deathly Hallows.

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