Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Thoughts on the Eighth Story
6th September, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was one of the most anticipated books of this year. I was one of the idiots who thought that now that I am grown up I would not be too excited about the book. And I didn’t pre order it. But on the release day I went crazy with all my friends reading and talking about it. So yeah, I ordered the book on the release day. And read it on a morning before even having breakfast.
It has been a pretty long time since The Curse Child was released. So I guess it is safe to post a review. Also, since almost everyone knows what the book is about, no synopsis.
Non-Spoilery thoughts :
So what did I feel like after I read the book? Happy. Very happy. And relieved to read more news of the Harry Potter world.
1. To those who hated the book…
To all the fans who hated The Curse child, Rowling made it clear that this is not a novel, but a manuscript for a play. Which means there will be no world building, emotional tugs etc. Things will zoom past. And everything has to happen in front on a live audience on a stage. Also, it is NOT WRITTEN by ROWLING. The book is based on a story by Rowling, that’s all. There! You were warned.
2. About the story
I loved the twists in the story. I mean it was really exciting to be reading about the Harry Potter world after 19 years. I loved seeing the much loved Harry Potter characters as adults with jobs. It made me feel old as well.
3. About the characters
Unlike many of the reviews I found Harry, Hermione and Ron to be believable characters in their adulthood. Harry, yes! With such a burden of fame and witnessing of deaths as a boy, I would imagine him to be an insecure adult. I especially liked the character sketch of Draco, he was exactly as I imagined him to be.
***SPOILERY PROBLEMS WITH THE SCRIPT****
Again, if you have not read the script yet, please do not read further. There are spoilers ahead.
1. The Polyjuice potion:
How? How? How? The potion takes 1 month to make it. And suddenly in the book it gets made in a matter of minutes. Did I read it wrong? Am I missing something here? Didn’t the editors catch this glitch?
2. Scorpius and Rose :
I like the pair. But it gnaws me that it might have been intentionally put because there were so many fans who thought Draco and Hermione made a better pair than her and Ron. It kind of felt like “trying to please everyone”. But yeah, no complaints. I like them. BUT Rose is hardly there in the novel. She has a guest appearance now and then.
3. Albus & Scorpius :
There were so many reviews that came out shipping Albus and Scorpius. No way! Scorpius has a crush on Rose from the very beginning. However I agree that some of the dialogues did feel like it could be interpreted both ways. I felt as if Rowling purposely left some open ends to add in later depending on where the winds blow.
(I am one of those who disagree when Rowling announced that Dumbledore was gay. There is no indication anywhere in the books about his orientation. I think it was just an additional information Rowling thought of after the books were published, for inclusion of diversity or publicity or whatever the reason may be. If Dumbledore was actually gay, he should have been properly represented from the beginning in the novel.)
4. Why does Harry Potter have to steal the limelight?
I mean, the kids Albus and Scorpius could have solved the problems towards the end somehow. They wrecked their brains and reached so far. They were managing fine. SO why did HP have to butt in and do a final fight and completely side line the kids? Okay! The title was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But Albus and Scorpius are terrific fighters as well.
5. The Prophecy :
That was pretty lame. I mean we just can’t imagine Voldemort and Bellatrix having a baby.
6. The ending :
Another Time turner? Again? Oh no! C’mon I expect more than that climax from an HP book. It seemed like a desperate attempt to end the story.
Final Verdict :
I found the plot of the play to be weak. But the script does evoke the nostalgia of the Harry Potter world that defined our childhood. I enjoyed the read. I laughed and chuckled all through the script, and even had heart breaking moments, especially in the parts about Snape.
One word of caution: Please read it as a play. Not with the pre judgemental notion of a full-fledged HP novel.
Care for a re-read? No. I would not go for a re-read of the book. For me the HP series ends with the last novel by Rowling.
Would I recommend? Yes, if you love Harry Potter.
Am I still a Harry Potter fan? (after seeing HP as an adult ) Definitely, no doubt about that. But the HP in my mind will be the boy who studies at Hogwarts
I heard the actual play is fabulous. So watch it if you can and let me know how you liked it.
Title : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author : J. K. Rowling. John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Publisher : Little Brown UK
Published : 2016
Language : English
Pages : 301
Rating : 4/5
What are your thoughts about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Did the things that bothered me bother you too? Did you like it, love it or hate it? Will you be watching the play?