Why I disliked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains spoilers. Please don’t read if that’s something you don’t want.

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.

Firstly, can we just talk about that storyline with Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort?

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.

What were your thoughts on the script/play?

This was partly inspired by Mercy from one of my favourite bookish YouTubers so read her review here –

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5 comments so far.
  • It’s interesting to read a mixed review, as I rather enjoyed ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’.

    Granted, I haven’t read the original seven books in ages, and that may have been why I enjoyed it the way I did (hey, if I re-read them before reading this, perhaps I may not have liked Cursed Child), but I still found the plot intriguing.

    As for the comment about the characters having no trace of their childhood selves, I disagree. As you say, Harry can be a bit of a d**k and I think the sacrifices made at The Battle of Hogwarts still haunt him a bit. Another thing is that this book is set 19 years later, and so Rowling writing a story where the trio are the exact same as their younger selves would be a bit weird. Ron is still humorous, Harry is still haunted by his past and Hermione is still sassy. Again, I haven’t read the original series in ages so I don’t remember much in-depth detail about the characters.

    You’re right about the Bellatrix and Voldemort bit. I raised my eyebrows but carried on. Of course, plays are time-restricted but yes, I agree when you say there should be some more explanation here. That being said, I loved the twist.

    Will you be seeing the play anytime soon?

    Great review!

    Liam
    http://www.thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com

  • It’s interesting to read a mixed review, as I rather enjoyed ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’.

    Granted, I haven’t read the original seven books in ages, and that may have been why I enjoyed it the way I did (hey, if I re-read them before reading this, perhaps I may not have liked Cursed Child), but I still found the plot intriguing.

    As for the comment about the characters having no trace of their childhood selves, I disagree. As you say, Harry can be a bit of a d**k and I think the sacrifices made at The Battle of Hogwarts still haunt him a bit. Another thing is that this book is set 19 years later, and so Rowling writing a story where the trio are the exact same as their younger selves would be a bit weird. Ron is still humorous, Harry is still haunted by his past and Hermione is still sassy. Again, I haven’t read the original series in ages so I don’t remember much in-depth detail about the characters.

    You’re right about the Bellatrix and Voldemort bit. I raised my eyebrows but carried on. Of course, plays are time-restricted but yes, I agree when you say there should be some more explanation here. That being said, I loved the twist.

    Will you be seeing the play anytime soon? I got tickets!

    Great review!

    Liam
    http://www.thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com

    • Eleanor

      I really want to see the play to see if it’s any different! I think I just felt unsettled by the script reading it, because I just can’t picture it at all, it’s a completely different experience. I’m still annoyed about a certain storyline though 😉 x

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  • Cat

    This is really interesting, as I recently saw the play (and didn’t read the book first). I absolutely adored the play, but the story definitely wasn’t perfect but this was made up for by how the story was staged, the performances from the actors and the ‘magic’ you see on stage. Go see the play if you can, as it may change your mind. Although I do agree with the flaws in the Voldemort/Bellatrix element. Albus and Scorpius’ friendship is wonderful <3

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