** THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!**
I recently bought Harry Potter and the cursed Child after seeing it pop up all over my instagram feed.
I was pretty excited to read it as I absolutely love the original HP books and films so was delighted it was based on a new story from JK (even if it was written by someone else)
My emotions in regards to the Cursed Child are wildly mixed. On the one hand, I throughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane and I have no problems admitting I teared up several times while reading the script. However, quite a few of the main plot points in the story are kind of absurd and I’m a little surprised JK allowed this book to be considered the 8th book of the Harry Potter series; especially taking into consideration the amount of success and adoration fans have for the franchise it seems like a bit of a risk to me.
I did however, enjoy how the script introduces another side to the Hogwarts we know and love. In the previous books Harry Potter adored his school and saw Hogwarts as a safe haven. This is completely flipped on its head when Albus (Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley’s youngest son) attends Hogwarts. Albus is less than enthusiastic and offers a different and arguably refreshing insight to this iconic place.
One aspect of the book I disliked, was the idea that in one of the versions of the wizarding world, Hermione Granger would end up bitter and malicious if she didn’t end up marrying Ron.
I think you’ll find she was doing fine without him, remember Viktor Krum? Remember her being the brightest witch in her year? Remember her being the reason why Harry and Ron did not die in every damn book? I find that alternate universe especially insulting. I get that the writer wants us as readers to understand the importance of Hermione and Ron’s relationship and how much happier she is when they are together however that version of her was not the best way to portray that. One thing I did enjoy reading surrounding this was Ron and Hermione’s conversation on the staircase and how it was full of tension and unspoken words. I thought that part was beautifully written.
The new characters are also incredibly endearing, especially Scorpius (Draco Malfoy’s son) I challenge anyone to read this book and not fall in love with how the relationship between Albus and Scorpius is written. Their relationship reminded me of the friendship of the original trio and yet at the same time something completely different and new.
I think out of everything in the play – this beautiful quote is the one that applies to Cursed Child most directly:
“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic.”
In reality, to expect a more than perfect 8th book from the Cursed Child was somewhat of a pipe. It was somewhat inevitable that a play might struggle to measure up against the careful plotting and characterisation of the previous seven novels. However, I do think that the book is the perfect cure for those who are missing Harry Potter and ready to dive back into the wizarding world one more time.
What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.