It’s no secret that I am a die hard Harry Potter fan, and as I go through phases of life things seem to keep coming and going but Harry Potter seems to stay. I bought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from Barnes and Noble a little while (maybe about a week) after it came out. This was of course after seeing numerous friends from Twitter saying it was absolutely terrible. I thought “This can not be! Queen Rowling could never put out something terrible!”. Needless to say, I rushed out to the store to get it and I banged out the whole thing in about two or three hours. Here is my honest review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review
I enjoyed this. I really, really, enjoyed this script. Notice how I said script. BECAUSE IT’S A SCRIPT. People are complaining that they got jipped a Harry Potter book and acting like she didn’t say all along that this was going to be a play script. I think that the fact that its not a book is what upset a lot of people, but I can clearly see other reasons as well. People were calling it fanfiction and were calling out J.K Rowling for having 2 men help her with writing it to begin with instead of it being entirely her own.
The plot is very twisty turny, but it keeps you interested. Its a lot to do with time travel and time turners and in some parts its slightly confusing to keep up with, but it still kept at least me going. There are parts were you can read Harry and Albus having a typical father-son relationship with each other where they fight and disagree, but there are also a lot of other parts where they just act like total assholes to each other and that is what annoyed me the most.
My favorite dynamic of this story is Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy being best friends. Of course, it didn’t take the internet long to start shipping them together (which I am not against by the way), but that honestly just goes to show you how powerful that dynamic is. They also remind me of Harry, Ron and Hermione, except Albus is a mix of the boys and Scorpius is just full-on Hermione. Yes, you read that right. Scorpius Malfoy is a massive nerd.
There is one new character, which I am going to try to not give anything massive away about, that I had a personal love/hate relationship with. She sort of starts to develop a relationship with Albus, but in a very manipulative way that makes you interested what could come of it. Turns out she’s just a bitch who was using him for a completely different reason than what she claimed in the beginning.
One thing I will point out is that although we have new visuals of what these characters are supposed to look like, it was difficult for me to imagine anybody else but Dan Radcliffe playing Harry, or Emma playing Hermione. I just couldn’t imagine it any other way in my own head. I have no doubts that the new actors are fantastic in their roles.
So overall, I really enjoyed this. Was it perfect? No. But would I recommend it to any Harry Potter fan? Absolutely.