Review Tuesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I like the rest of the world was VERY excited for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My boyfriend, Doug had preordered it for me for my birthday back in March, and on July 31st he picked it up for me and dropped it off at my place because I was Matilda the musical. He also bought me my favourite Tim Horton’s donut (chocolate glazed) and put it in the bag with a lovely note. (Seriously, best boyfriend in the world).

I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a couple of hours Sunday night. And you better believe that this review has some SERIOUS SPOILERS. So PLEASE do not read any more of this post if you haven’t finished reading the book. 

HP Cursed ChildFrom Goodreads:

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.

ATTENTION SPOILERS BELOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I went into this book knowing that it was a script. It seems that some people were rather confused about this after they bought the book. The fact that it was a script didn’t really change how I feel about the book. At parts I almost liked it better because it gave your imagination more room to breathe almost because you had to imagine everything.

However, what I did not like really, was the script itself. I gave this book a 2 star rating on Goodreads, which labels that as “it’s okay”. It was alright, bordering on dislike, and I’m certainly not taking anything in it as canon.

I had no problem with Albus and Scorpius being best friends, nor did I have a problem with Albus being in Slytherin, what I did have a problem with was the out of proportion angst that Albus had to Harry, and to world in general. Another problem I had was how Ron was portrayed. Ron in the script is portrayed like an idiot or a buffoon. And I find that highly disrespectful to Ron, and to Hermonie as well. The final thing that I had a massive problem with is the plot itself.

I found the whole plot boring.

The plot hinges on the fact that there are still some time turners lurking around. Albus and Scorpius go back in time to change something and of course everything turns out for shit, and it takes them and the adults a couple of tries to get it back to the way it was. Of course, there is one character who doesn’t want anything to go back to the way it was. That would be Voldemort’s daughter. Yeah. Apparently, that happened.

There was essentially no new plot, no new intrigue, no new anything. This book/script reads as fan fiction, and not even great fan fiction. I didn’t even like Harry, Ron and Hermonie in this. How is it possible for you to mess them up?

Anyway, the play was meh bordering on you really don’t need to read it. I’m quite sure that there is better 19 years later fan fiction out there.

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