Review and Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted August 31, 2016 by MC / 1 Comment

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Review and Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. RowlingJohn TiffanyJack Thorne
Published by Pottermore on July 31st 2016

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 received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 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.
This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.

A heart-to-heart before we begin: I have kept this review spoiler free; however, I encourage you to use your own discretion when reading. Considering waiting until after you have read Cursed Child to read my thoughts. I know how much other people’s opinions can influence the way we read books, and I would hate for my thoughts to have any kind of negative affect on your enjoyment of this work. The world of Harry Potter means so much to so many people, and I would never wish a bad book on anyone, so I truly hope that you enjoy Cursed Child

Well, I have hemmed and hawed about writing this review for a few weeks now, and it’s finally time to share my opinion with the Internet. Honestly, I have read a ton of reviews by people who had the same reactions to this script, so I will keep this short and sweet.

First of all, I wasn’t that excited about the Cursed Child to begin with. Of course I was anxious to have another Harry Potter story, but I wasn’t swooning over the idea like Mrs. Weasley lost her mind over Gilderoy Lockheart. I am one of those Potter fans who pretend the Epilogue in Deathly Hallows doesn’t exist. I DESPISE Ginny (she is worse than Umbridge in my book) so I like to pretend Harry’s life with her never actually happened. Hence the reason why I was excited to be back in the Harry Potter world, but I knew I wouldn’t end up loving this story about Harry and the devil Ginny.

Going into reading this book, I knew I probably wouldn’t be thrilled with the plot, so I tried not to take that into consideration very much in my critique. Different strokes for different folks, you know? Just because I don’t like the plot of a book doesn’t mean it’s a bad book.

Well…except in this case…

First of all, the plot was about a million times worse than I ever imagined. So ridiculous. But even disregarding the general plot, this book was awful. Really, truly, and very unfortunately, awful. I’m sure you have heard the same things over and over again, but there were so many things wrong with this book. The characters were NOTHING like they were in the rest of the Harry Potter series. Yes, people change as they age, but not like that. I am trying to keep this discussion spoiler free, but if you have read Cursed Child, I’m sure you can think of multiple examples. There were also huge changes to the world and magic system that J.K. Rowling created. And honestly, it felt like these changes were made just because it made the plot fall into place easier. What a cop out for the sake of convenience.

I could talk more about all the little intricacies of this script that bugged the hell out of me, but the internet is swarming with these types of discussions and I don’t want to get myself all worked up over it. Let’s talk instead about my biggest problem with this script. The writing was HORRIBLE. Yes, I understand that reading a script is different than reading a novel. But there are many plays that I adore and have read multiple times. This. Writing. Was. Awful. The stage directions were nonexistent, the plot was WAY too convenient, the characters were flat and dull and absolutely obnoxiously stupid, and I therefore spent about 90% of my time reading alternating between confused, bored, and angry.

Honestly, there is SO MUCH that is wrong with this work. But I truly don’t want to talk about it anymore. Like so many people, Harry Potter means the world to me. It breaks my heart that this awful thing now exists and is supposed to be considered an “eighth story.” I don’t want to discuss my dislike of this book anymore because I want to forget as much as I can as quickly as possible. It has left a bad taste in my mouth and I don’t want my Harry Potter love tainted by it. I’m honestly so confused as to how J.K. Rowling could sign off on this idea. After all that she has created, it seems so strange that she would let it be muddled by Jack Thorne and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Play.

2 Stars


When the magical world you thought you knew is ruined…..

…..blame it on the books.

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