Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I adore JK Rowling. Maybe not so much as I used to as a kid — I’m not exactly keen on her Twitter presence — but that’s neither here nor there. Of course, when I heard another Harry Potter book was coming out, I went nuts along with the rest of the Potterheads in the world.

But you let me down, JK. You let me down! Read my reivew from Goodreads to find out why.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

(May contain spoilers)

I’ve been reading HP since I was a kid. I’m in LOVE with the novels. But the play? I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I agree that it feels sort of like fanfiction. But that’s going to happen when an author allows two other people to collaborate with her on a project like this.

I also agree that some of the characters in the play didn’t mesh with their novel counterparts. I didn’t like what they did with Ron, but I did enjoy Scorpius’s character.

I also felt that a lot of what happened was entirely too contrived or convenient. (Spoiler alert!) I don’t find Bellatrix & Voldemort’s union believable at all — how has this stayed secret from the wizarding world for almost 20 years? Especially Harry?

I also want to know how Amos got out of the old folks’ home to come see Harry, as well as why Hermione Granger, only one of the brightest witches of her age and the frickin’ Minister of Magic, would conceal the Time Turner with a riddle easy enough for children to solve. There are just too many plot holes.

As a writer, I can respect JK for wanting to try something new with the story she spent so long building. I know how it feels to have a story inside you for so long and how painful it is when it finally comes to an end. But I think she might’ve dug her own grave a bit here. Voldemort is surely not the biggest threat in a world filled with pissed-off centaurs, mistreated house elves, dragons, hypogriffs.

I could go on, but you probably get the point. Any number of things could have happened to cause some conflict in the new instalment — revolutions, monsters vs wizards, literally anything. Voldemort’s “return” seems like a bit of a sham, an unrealistic plot point twisted just far enough to sell more books. I just feel there was so much more potential for Albus and Scorpius’s story, and maybe the eagerness to try something new diminished that potential.

How did you feel about the latest Harry Potter instalment? Let me know in the comments!

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