(Note: I’m aware there are other authors, I just couldn’t fit them into the featured image. Also, lots of spoilers here.)
I’m not sure how to go about with this review. On one hand, when J.K. Rowling announced that she was writing an eighth Harry Potter story, I had happily lined up to pre-order it. But on the other hand, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows was such a satisfying conclusion to the story that sometimes I don’t think an eighth book was necessary. So, the way I see it, the Cursed Child, to me, is just a nice add-on for Potter fans who have been wanting to return to the world again.
What did I like? I quite liked the beginning as we watched Albus settle into Hogwarts and making friends with Scorpius. The transition sounds like it would look amazing on stage. Also, Scorpius. He was so precious and adorable. Every time he spoke I kept thinking ‘can someone protect this boy?’ I didn’t even expect to love him so much. The Albus/ Scorpius dynamic was something I loved. They have such a cute friendship and it was pleasure to read about them. You can tell they love each other, even if it is just as friends. Also, I see everyone noting the difference in their behaviour but I quite liked that. It’s been almost two decades since Deathly Hallows, of course, the trio and everyone else won’t be like their usual selves. (Although, I wasn’t a huge fan of Ron’s characterisation)
But there was also so much stuff that happened that I just didn’t like at all.
- Voldemort/ Bellatrix love child – When the plot first leaked, I genuinely thought this part was a joke. Just a thing some people made to #keepthesecrets but I was wrong. So, so wrong.
- I’m sorry but where did Scorpius/Rose come from? Rose was there for like two pages. I thought the writers were going somewhere with Albus/Scorpius but I always knew it was never going to amount to anything.
- That time turner plot was a mess. There’s even an image source where Rowling agreed that all of them were destroyed in order to prevent something like the Cursed Child happening. Since Rowling spent so long fixing this issue, it seemed strange she would approve of a script where it reversed her own solution.
- Okay, but would Cedric really become a death eater because he lost the Triwizard tournament? The same boy who helped Harry only to turn to the people who hated him the most?
In the end, it felt more like a summary/rehash of events that have already happened that they thought fans would want to see instead of an original Hogwarts story with Albus Severus and Scorpius. “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” That line made Voldemort old news and that arc had come to a close for me, personally. I feel like they should have revisited the world without having to need to go back (literally) to the past. While there were a few disappointments regarding the storyline, I do agree with Rowling saying that the stage is the only way to tell this story. I can imagine seeing this on stage and I believe it would work very well. Hopefully, I will one day.
Hardcover, Special Rehearsal Edition, 352 pagesPublished July 31st 2016 by Little Brown UKISBN: 0751565350