Here’s a quick synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Sounds FASCINATING, right? Well NO. I’m not much of a #potterhead, but I enjoyed the Harry Potter series. I was so excited to go back to Hogwarts and then what is this? This book crushed my magic dreams to pieces? I felt like the plot added nothing to the story?
I’ve read some non-spoiler reviews of Cursed Child online, and there were very mixed opinions. Some said it was great, and some said it was horrible. If I had to choose, I would join the latter group.
*Do not read if you haven’t yet read the Harry Potter series or Cursed Child. You can start reading again when another *bold* appears*
You know how, with each book in the Harry Potter series, someone or something new is revealed and that adds to the storyline? For example, Philosopher’s Stone starts with introduction of characters and the magical world; we see Ginny in the Chamber of Secrets and learn about Salazar Slytherin and the history of Tom Riddle and Hagrid; in the Prisoner of Azkaban, we meet Sirius and discover more about Voldemort’s followers; and so on.
But in Cursed Child, I learnt basically nothing except Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange had a daughter, Delphi (is that weird or what??), and Amos wants his dead son Cedric back and the once Golden Trio isn’t so golden anymore. (Harry as a father figure? The fall of the wizarding world is soon to come.) (commence the death threats from die-hard #potterheads. Sorry!)
I admit I was very excited to have an adventure with Albus and Scorpio using the time turner (Scorpio is adorable. Albus is arrogant. That’s what I think, anyway.), but did they have an adventure?
Instead they just experienced a couple different universes as consequences of their stupid actions. And did Delphi do any actual damage?
Instead everyone’s happy and it ends happily ever after. Was that like your typical Harry Potter book?
*Okay you can start reading again. YAY!*
To conclude: Cursed Child was a huge disappointment and NOTHING like the previous books. My rating: 3/5 (because while I had a disgusted rant about it, it’s still HP.)
I liked J.K Rowling’s writing in the books before, but as Cursed Child was not written by herself, I don ‘t think I can say that I liked the writing style, although I actually didn’t mind that it was a playscript.
Is this just how I feel? Because now I feel pretty bad…
What did you think of Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments below!