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.
Never thought I’d read that.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the Deathly Hallows. Everyone is grown up or gone and have children of their own. It is something everyone has wondered but some didn’t want to read (or see considering this is a play.)
The fact that the book is a script didn’t bother me. I still got an experience from it but not like the ones I did from the previous Potter books.
So how do I begin this?
Unlike some people I did want to read about Harry’s life after the battle ended. More specifically, how did he and Ginny pick child names? Was she all for naming her children after the people Harry mostly admired?
Moving on…that’s what got me so excited for this book. I woke up at 5 am to preorder it on the day I could. Okay some of that was my anxiety waking me up, but still. Although it wasn’t written by Rowling it still got her stamp of approval which is as close to a reawakening that we could get.
So what did I enjoy about the book? Well it’s basically what I just said. Some of my favorite characters grown up and dealing with their own kids.
Another favorite (and I’m sure you may already know): Scorpius Malfoy. How Draco could conceive such a sweet and dorky child I don’t know. Well I do know and her name is Astoria. No one would think for a second Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy’s sons would become best friends but I think that’s what makes it even better.
Harry still having problems with Voldemort, all those years later. It makes sense, mentally, he’s not over it, and it’s effecting his life with his family.
Of course there’s Hermione and Ron still being there for Harry, although Ron feels more like a tossed-to-the-side comic-relief. Always there to break the tension or eating, because that’s the only parts of Ron Weasley I remember?
Like I said I was so excited about the concept of this book (script) but a few things fell short (and I’m going to start this as spoiler-free for a while.)
Time travel, god I hate it. I hate it. Funny coming from someone who loves Doctor Who but paradoxes and shit just make my head hurt. We know it’s a risky thing so what’s even the point? And that’s the whole book. Constantly going back and trying to fix a mess-up only to find it turned out worse the second time around. Freaking time travel.
Albus. Yeah I love Scorpius but Albus? Not so much. Maybe it’s the name…
No I won’t get into that.
I know Harry wasn’t a perfect character who went through his angsty years but man Albus just thinks the world is out to get him. I find it hilarious in the last book/movie Harry tells Albus being sorted into Slytherin is okay and guess what? He’s sorted into Slytherin and just finds it horrible. He can’t command a freaking broom “up” and well, I guess that’s the end of any legacy Albus Potter could have. His attitude just makes his character annoying.
Rose. Hermione and Ron’s daughter. I disliked Rose. How could Hermione and Ron raise such an obnoxious, arrogant person who judges people before getting to know them? Hermione, constantly bullied for being a muggle. Ron, bullied for being poor. And then Rose comes out of nowhere and decides to ignore her cousin because he can’t tell a freaking broom UP.
I just didn’t like Rose.
Then there’s a twist that really comes out of nowhere, like, didn’t have any clue as to where that could come from. And it’s something you really don’t want to think about, I’ll just leave it at that.
There’s a small thing that bugged me and it’s all the small things from the previous Harry Potter books coming to light in here and apparently all the characters know? Did Harry tell the world Snape was in love with his mom and had her Patronus? Because people know.
It’s like the characters read all the Harry Potter books and are just using information from those to create the story instead of coming up with something new. Voldemort threat? Been there. Time travel? Done that. Move on.
So can I recommend this book? For the most part I did enjoy reading it. Hell I would’ve read it faster if work didn’t take up most of my time…but I rolled my eyes at parts and didn’t get some because it didn’t make sense. As a play I could see it working out better, although I didn’t mind reading it as a script.
If you’re a life-long Harry Potter fan I suggest reading it. You’ll get the references and character interaction, but I completely understand people not liking this. In the end it’s up to you and how you feel. I’m sorta in the middle.
But moving onto some spoilers that I want to rant about for a little.
Just in case you read on.
I talked about paradoxes. In the third book/movie Hermione and Harry went back to save Sirius and in the end realized they’d already done it because small tidbits they witnessed in present time were happening after they went back. So Harry always conjured his Patronus and saved Sirius. It’s happening in a continuous circle.
So what the hell Cursed Child? Albus and Scorpius can go back and create a butterfly effect? In reality they should’ve been at the Triwizard Tournament the first time around, creating small tidbits we wouldn’t understand until Cursed Child when they did those things. But no, they go back, change one thing, and now Hermione and Ron aren’t together?
Oh and I love that Victor Krum is the key to them getting together. Not all those years of built of tension and chemistry but Ron getting jealous. That’s it. Then Hermione becoming another version of Snape because she didn’t get with Ron? Really? Hermione? Okay.
Where the hell is Luna in this
book script? Harry’s daughter is named after her!
Oh yeah his daughter…and James…they were there for like a second and that’s it. Almost forgot he had other kids. Like, way to not help your brother out in school while he’s obviously going through a hard time, James. Or are you like Rose and can’t stand to be seen with someone so embarrassing?
Then there’s George, Hagrid, Teddy, Molly and Arthur, even Dean and Seamus, every other member of the Weasley family…
This is one of the problems of adding onto the Harry Potter universe. Questions will be answered but more questions will arise. Where are these other characters? Neville is mentioned by name, but that’s about it.
Finally, Voldemort, Voldemort, Voldy, Voldy Voldemort.
Does anyone want to imagine him and Bellatrix doing it? Cause I don’t. But hey, they have a kid and she just wants to meet her freaking dad. This how Albus and Harry finally start to bond, poor girl didn’t get to meet her father. Lord Voldemort. This is weird.
I think it was an idea fans had, that Bellatrix and Voldemort could’ve been a thing, but to me Voldemort just…no. I didn’t think he could have any feelings like that towards anyone. Of course it doesn’t have to be about love, but physical feelings? I can’t imagine it. Voldemort’s about power and not…having…kids.
And that plot twist Delphi is Voldemort’s daughter? Where did that come from. I know Harry had those nightmares, that Voldemort could be returning (and in a way he did with his daughter) but still. I just want twists to have a good reveal and not be out of nowhere without any evidence to support it.
Did I miss anything? Hermione being Minster of Magic is pretty awesome. I can see that.
Poor Scorpius having to go through all those years of torment, people thinking he was Voldemort’s son. Life doesn’t look too hard now, does it Albus? But Scorpius and Rose? Just seemed a bit forced to me. What could Scorpius see in her? I see more chemistry between him and Albus.
Now that twist…you could see coming.