Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth instalment in the iconic series, takes place 19 years after the plot of Deathly Hallows.  When JK Rowling announced the newest edition in the magical series, fan around the world were ecstatic. There had not been a story about the Boy Who Lived for nine (9) years, and fans were starting to stop expecting that there would ever be more on Harry’s story. The catch though, was that Cursed Child would be written as a play rather than a novel and the story would not be written only by the Queen herself: there were two other writers involved in this story.

What I liked about this story is that beloved characters were revisited along with their new families: Harry, Ginny and their three children; Ron, Hermione and their two children; Draco and his child. Any fan of the series will enjoy seeing these characters as adults and how they navigate adult life in the Wizarding World. I think the thing I was mostly happy about was the fact I was reading a Harry Potter book 9 years after the end of Deathly Hallows. My inner child was thrilled to bits. 

One of my biggest criticisms about this story is that it reads like fan-fiction. It is as though a fan took it upon themselves to mash together some of the most ridiculous plots and characters to create a twisted version of the Potter universe.  The beloved characters spoken about above do not talk like themselves in this story. Ron, the beloved comic-relief of the first seven books, has lost his edge in this story.  None of the jokes he makes are funny and he seems to have become this one-dimensional background character.  Harry Potter’s behaviour in this book is atrocious and un-Harry like. I won’t give anything away here, as some of you may still want to read it, but I would have thought Harry would have grown out of his adolescent behaviour by the time he was 38 years old.  The only character that I can see that is exactly, or as close to, as their character in the original series is Ginny. Ginny is still portrayed as a fiercely independent, loyal friend, sister, wife as she was in the original. I just wish I could say the same about the other characters. 

I do not want this review to deter you from reading the book and gaining your own insights – who knows, maybe you will enjoy it. 

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