Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Overall Rating: ★★★★

This seems to be one of the most polarizing tales in this universe. You will notice I do not say novel, because what some people seem to forget is that this is NOT a novel. It is the script of a play which, let’s face it, most of us will be unable to see as it seems to be sold out for the next two year.

Cut due to spoilers.

There are things wrong with this, of course. But newsflash, there  were things wrong with every book in the series before this.

The main protests seem to be:

The characterization is off. And it is a little bit, but that being said, no one acts the same when they are 40 as they do at 17. Or God I would hope not, if you do it’s probably time for you to grow up, though yes, the way Ron was written it did annoy me a little.

But the ending of the last book was perfect, why is this necessary? I am one of those people who actually likes to pretend that the epilogue doesn’t exist. I didn’t want “all was well.” I wanted an open end where I could imagine what happened next. Yes, this isn’t quite what I imagined but I still found it to be really fun.

Harry would never be that mean. If you’re thinking that Harry was the most out of character here, it’s entirely possible that you need to go back and re-read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a novel in which I spent half of wanting to smack him upside the head because he was kind of behaving like a jackass. People say things they don’t mean.

The Voldemort daughter thing was weak. This is something I actually agree with. It squicked me big time. I feel like Delphi being his daughter was completely unnecessary, she could have simply been a devout follower, or Bellatrix’s daughter without any of the involvement from Voldie at all.

It’s missing the wonderful prose I loved in the books. This is a valid complaint, but it is a play, not a novelisation, so I tried not to judge that. Yes something was missing in not having the dialogue fleshed out by emotions or thoughts but at this point I will take what I can get.

Albus is a sullen young man, reminiscent of Harry’s worst moments and Scorpius might just be my newest ray of sunshine. All in all I actually quite enjoyed this, and understand why some people might not. After all, different strokes for different folks right?


  1. I want to read it so bad but my history with reading things in play format is not good. I’ve always strugged with anything written like a play or a script. 😦

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