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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany *

Harry Potter and the cursed child John Tiffany Jack Thorne JK Rowling

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I did not want to read this book when it came out.. so I didn’t. I heard bad review after bad review and was glad that I had just let it pass me by. But then I saw a copy at my library and I started doubting my decision. So I picked it up.

I went into this book with super low expectations and it’s best that I did because this story is absolutely awful.

I’ll try to explain without giving anything away. The people who have read it will understand anyway.

Plotholes

The story is as saintlike as George is. They invent someone’s pregnancy (she was not pregnant in the original story, she just wasn’t), they change brewing times for potions and they change (or have forgotten) details in the original storyline. These are mistakes you just can’t make with a franchise like Harry Potter. If you want to write a continuation, you do your research.

Characters

I only liked Scorpius, that’s it… Everyone else was either very unlikable or completely different from the original characters. Ron has become a filler character, Hermione changes many times throughout the story (one change more laughable than the other), Harry pffff don’t even get me started on Harry. And then there’s Draco, my favorite character, who has his good moments in this play, but at other times he barely resembles the Draco Malfoy I had gotten to love. There are others that I can’t talk about but the all just became charicatures of themselves.

 

I liked how short and fast is was. I liked the play format and it would probably be great on stage. But seriously, how did JK Rowling agree to this?

Harry Potter means so much to a lot of people, I wish they could have done it justice. Some people call it bad fanfiction and I see their point. I’ve read fanfiction that was a hundred times better than this. When you get your hands on something that’s loved by so many people, you should treat it with respect. And that’s what I was missing the whole time.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany *”

  1. I still have yet to read this because I’ve heard so many bad reviews. It feels weird, especially considering how hooked on this series I was as a kid. It was my life! But I can’t bring myself to read a book that doesn’t respect the original source material.

    1. The only reason I read it was because I have always read absolutely everything there was to read when it came to HP, so I felt a bit weird not having read it. Now I’m just pretending it doesn’t exist…

  2. 100% agree with you on this one! I did a spoilery review for this when it first came out and I hated nearly everything about this book.

    The one thing that drove me wild the most out of this book (there will be spoilers if anyone doesn’t want to read any then run now haha) is the way Harry treats Albus. Harry grew up with no parents, was treated like crap and never loved by the dursleys and then when he gets a father figure in sirius he can barely spend time with him before he is killed off. There is no way that anyone can tell me that after everything he has been through that he would not do absolutely everything he could to make his childrens childhood better than his own. He would do anything for those kids and love them no matter what! That’s how Harry Potter would be. This foreign character in Cursed Child was not Harry Potter.. And that got to me more than anything else in this book!

    All the characters just felt so wrong.

    1. I know. How can you make …. into a deatheater? That’s not him… Also agree with what you said about Harry, there’s just no way. Every parent gets annoyed sometimes (I know, I get annoyed and frustrated pretty much on a daily basis) but there’s just no way… It’s so so wrong.

      1. It’s been ages since reading it but I think I know who you’re talking about. 😂 I try to forget it exists.
        That person would have never became a death eater just because he was made to look like a bit of a fool.. he may not have been in Gryffindor, but he was brace and he was stronger than that. That was just insulting to his character!

        And that is so true. He would have never told his son that he wished he wasn’t his son.. (I’m pretty sure that was what was said, like I said it’s been a while since reading it and i think I’m talking about the right things here haha).

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