Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Excuse me while my 16-year-old Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows fan freaks out that there is a new Harry Potter book, published nine years after the concluding novel to the Harry Potter series. GAAAHH!!! Okay, now that I’ve been able to get that out of my system it seems it is now time for me to talk about the book that is on everyone’s mind, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Did I think the next instalment of the Harry Potter series live up to the immense hype? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book (Play)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the script bind up of the two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on the story created by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany.

20160802 The Light Between Oceans - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  SLV 0027.jpgThe story, set nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, finds Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, navigating his way through the adventure of parenthood and how his son, Albus Severus, handles being the child of The Boy Who Lived.

With cameos by some of the most well-known witches and wizards of the Harry Potter world, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reinforces that “We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.”

The Review

Guys, if I am being perfectly honest, my soul is torn into more pieces than Voldemort’s horcruxes…

I did end up giving this book/play 4 stars, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m being bias or if I actually think this deserves 4 stars.

I mean it is a new Harry Potter book, so that definitely helps its star rating, and I did enjoy seeing how Harry, Ron, and Hermione have grown since I last left them nine years ago but there are buts…

20160802 The Light Between Oceans - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  SLV 0035.jpgBefore getting into those buts, I should mention the other reasons why I enjoyed the next chapter of the Harry Potter series.

An A+ goes to the character of Scorpius Malfoy, who in my opinion was one of the better things about this play. He was such a sarcastic bugger that I savored every scene he was a part of. Flippin’ hysterial laugh out loud funny.

I also really enjoyed the dynamic between Harry and Draco, and by the end of the play, well lets just say something happens in the stage directions that made me smile.

Now, on to the buts…

…But why did they have to do that to Ron’s character??!! In the Harry Potter series Ron was the ‘comic relief’ but was able to be serious in times that it was warranted. In The Cursed Child on the other hand I was just so annoyed with Ron’s interjection that I just really didn’t want him to appear in any other scenes. Given that Ron has some of my favourite scenes in the Harry Potter series this was downright disappointing.

But what about that character twist?! The reveal of the character twist, which I wont mention here because, lets face it, I tend to read at lightning speed, was just ugh… like the characters referenced to the character I am referring to, well lets just say it would never happen!

*If you’ve read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and want to chat with me about what I am talking about above definitely comment and I will be happy to chat.*

I think the best way to see this is probably in the play format, given that the stage directions had me upset that I was only reading them and not seeing the staging, but alas, a ticket to London is quite expensive.

Hopefully J.K. Rowling changes her mind about this being the last Harry Potter story because the worst part of finishing this play is that there really isn’t any new Potter related material to look forward to.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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One Comment

  1. Richard Stephens

    I’m in agreement with you in regard to what they did to Ron’s character. It seemed to me that he wasn’t an asset in this book regardless of what reality the time-turner sent them to. Ron, in the original series, had heart and motivation and helped to glue the group together. He shone during the wizard chess match and during many quidditch games even though he showed no real prowess as a powerful ally. In this book I kept imagining him as a pot-bellied, balding, uncle who gets drunk at Thanksgiving.

    I thought they could have done something different with him. It wasn’t until the alternate reality version of him with hermione that he really brought something to the table- the love that they share showing through no matter what reality they are in. That was kind of brilliant.



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