Title: Harry Potter Ans The Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Rating: 5/5 stars
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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.
Discussing The Situation:
Before I go into the review I would like to caution everyone that there will be spoilers. So if you haven’t read The Cursed Child yet, go and read it asap and then come back and we can discuss. Also I loved the book and if you were a person who didn’t love it you can still read my review and discussion, there’s no need to just skip over it just because we don’t have the same feelings towards it.
This review is going to be a bit different, and probably quite longer than my normal reviews because I’m going to take about everything I loved about the book but I’m also going to address the situation of people not liking it.
To start off I got The Cursed Child at the midnight release (click here to read my post all about that, it was super fun) and I went home and slept, woke up in the morning and read it all through in like three hours. The book hadn’t even been out for twelve hours and I had had a full nights sleep and read The Cursed Child. I hadn’t read any reviews because I didn’t want to go into it with other people’s thoughts in my head. Little did I know there were so many people upset and disappointed with it.
I feel like why a lot of people are disappointed is because they went into this thinking it would be a full on 8th book. The Cursed Child was advertised as a script book and the 8th story not the 8th book. J.K. Rowling told us she didn’t write it and that she thought up the story with her co writers and they wrote the play together and there’s nothing wrong with that because Jo is a author not a playwriter. Of course since it wasn’t all Jo writing it not everyone will sound the same as they did in the original series but also its 19 years later, and people change, just as some of the characters seemed to. People say things like “None of the same sayings are there, no one sounds the same.” But if you ask me everyone sounding like themselves to me. Throughout the book I was pointing out sayings that they had said before, or that had been said before that J.K. Rowling obviously put in there to make us feel nostalgic. Here’s a few:
Ginny: All you have to do is walk straight at the wall between platforms nine and ten.
Harry: Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous. (Page 8)
Molly says the exact thing to Harry in the first book, and I think it’s absolutely perfect that J.K. Rowling included it again here.
Trolley Witch: Anything from the trolley, dears?
Okay this one is more nostalgic but it’s exactly what the Trolley Witch says in all the other books!!!
Ron: Blimey! There are two of them! (Page 230)
Ron like always, with his sayings like ‘Blimey!’ and ‘Bloody hell!’.
Hagrid: Well. Hello. Yeh must be Harry. Hello, Harry Potter. I’m Rubeus Hagrid. And I’m going to be yer friend whether yeh like it or not. ‘Cos yeh’ve had it tough, not that yeh know it yet. An’ yer gonna need friends. Now yeh best come with me, don’t yeh think? (Page 299)
If this doesn’t sound like our good old Hagrid to you then I have no clue what you are looking for because his whole scene represents his awkward, but perfect love towards Harry, and it’s only two pages long.
Those are just four examples but I could honestly go through the book and point out probably 50 or more even, examples of where the character do seem like themselves vs the only few times that people are saying they don’t seem like themselves.
I think a lot of people are making small things seem like bigger issues than they already are by exaggerating their disappointment. Like some people are saying things like “You would have been able to see that Belltrix was pregnant” and that’s the only reason why they rated it two stars and I don’t understand?? Like I get it if you had more issuses, but just that one thing, that can’t be your only reason for rating it so low.
It’s a play, not a movie, so the plot has to move quickly, she can’t give us every detail of Albus and Scopius’s every move at Hogwarts or people would be falling asleep in the theatre. And honestly I think people need to appreciate The Cursed Child more. J.K. Rowling made this play and sadly, right now, it can only be seen in London, England, but then she decided to make it into a script book, so that all of us around the world, who can necessarily drop everything and fly to London, can read the play. It’s a way for every Harry Potter fan to know the 8th story, and I think that it’s wonderful because reading it is the next best thing to seeing the play live.
I think that’s everything I have to say about the situation and all the negative reviews but I honestly loved The Cursed Child (which I will get into in a second) but if you rated it so low just think, were you thinking about for what it is, a play which I’m sure is absolutely magical and amazing live, or the 8th book, which is not what it is.
My Thoughts (basically me raving about how much I loved it):
Where to even begin. The Cursed Child was phenomenal. I wanted to see the play before I read it and now having read it I want to see the play 10000x more. I think it would be so magical. The sets must be gorgeous and I was researching all the actors (mostly the ones I hadn’t seen over Instagram and stuff) and they sell look perfect for the rolls.
It was so nostalgic, especially with the first scene at Kings Cross, to be back with all the characters again. I like Albus a lot he’s super cute but I love Scorpius 100x more. I can hardly explain it, he’s just sooooo cute. And I might low key ship Albus and Scorpius together, because how can you not? I literally squealed when Delphi said:
That’s the thing, isn’t it? About friendships. You don’t know what he needs. You only know he needs it. Find him, Scorpius. You two – you belong together.
And yeah yeah she was talking about friendship but THEY WOULD BE SO CUTE TOGETHER YOU CAN’T DISAGREE WITH ME.
I definitely felt bad for both Albus and Scopius throughout the book, and before reading it I thought ‘The Cursed Child’ referred to Albus but now having read it I know that the title refers to Albus living in his fathers shadow and such but also to Scorpius.
The plot was well developed and fast paced. I liked the element of time turners that was a big part of the story and I loved how they kept going back to the Triwizard Tournament! My favourite book from the series (along side The Deathly Hallows) is The Goblet Of Fire so I really enjoyed that aspect. I also liked that with going back in time we got to visit dead and very much missed favourite characters of mine *cough* *cough* Snape.
I loved seeing all the charaters married but even better Hermione as Minister for Magic! Talk about making Hermione an already strong female lead even stronger!
Off topic, the physical book itself is stunning. I’m not a big fan of yellow but man oh man with the gold, it is such a pretty book.
Overall I am going to be reread this soon because honestly I loved it so much. I am happy to be back in the Wizarding World and with Fantastic Beasts coming out soon and the script book of that, I will have all the Harry Potter I need.
Now, what about you guys, what did you think about The Cursed Child? (Please be nice in the comments though, if you didn’t like the book don’t be too harsh.)