So I recently finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Ultimately I found it to be one of the most underwhelming books/scripts I’ve read in a while. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it perse, it just felt like lazy writing. I’ve got so many thoughts on this hyped script that is still getting rave reviews so please bear with me.
That Voldemort had a child with Bellatrix Lestrange? Did anyone else just laugh out loud when they read that? I genuinely had to read it twice, because I couldn’t actually believe that this was the storyline of the play. What annoys me more is how it was so half arsedly put in the play. Now I get it’s a play – They can’t exactly explain in great detail about the circumstances of the pregnancy. But… Really? Really?!
It reads like fanfiction, yes but that’s not what annoys me. What annoys me is how this storyline was just not ‘play material’. If you’re going to make a play about Voldemort having a daughter – It literally has to be the sole focus of the play. And at least don’t half arse it. Fan fiction is incredibly detailed with extra plots. They don’t just go ‘hey here’s Voldemort’s daughter ho ho ho’ Jack Thorne.
What I did like about the play script is Scorpius & Albus friendship. It was genuinely lovely and I felt like Scorpius had much more characterisation than the rest of the characters in the play. I enjoyed their affection for each other and the theme of friendship was handled well.
The original characters on the other hand, were not handled well. Hermione wouldn’t immediately just become a lonely, angsty spinster because she didn’t marry Ron. Ron is not just stupid comedy relief. And well, Harry’s always been a bit of a d*** so that didn’t surprise me.
Ron and Hermione just had no characteristics of the original characters. Whilst it would probably be different on stage; I still couldn’t get past this whilst reading the play.
I read this script in a day, and whilst I did enjoy it, as soon as I hit the Voldemort storyline I was completely out. I would not be surprised if they’d just copied an original fan fiction storyline for this whole script. I’m not emotionally attached to the Harry Potter universe anymore so maybe it’s that. And if I’m honest I’m not that excited for Fantastic Beasts.
This was partly inspired by Mercy from one of my favourite bookish YouTubers so read her review here –
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