How has it been over a month since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out? I literally don’t know where time goes. Rather predictably, I planned on going to at least one of the super fun-looking midnight release parties held July 31 and bookstores across the city but then fell asleep at 9pm instead. Also rather predictably, I woke up Sunday morning, downloaded the book (play?), and read through the story in one sitting.
I have a hard time know what to say when people ask me about this book.
There are things I liked about it, for sure. Scorpius Malfoy will forever be one of my favorite characters in the Hogwarts world. I love that Draco’s son is like a perfect mix of Ron and Hermione. Poetic justice, for everyone. I also really loved Albus Severus as a character and found the plot very clever. It was a really fun diving back into the world of Hogwarts for a day.
Still, both the book and the experience of reading it felt like the poor man’s version of the last seven. I think I’d like the story more if it was written in Rowling’s detailed prose, rather than a script. I might like it better if it didn’t exist. All was well. A lot of people criticized that ending, but I loved it. That’s exactly the kind of closure I want at the end of story, especially a series. I don’t love seeing Harry’s parenting regrets or Hermione and Ron’s struggling marriage.
More than any of that, I missed the magic of being a teenager and being ridiculously excited about each new Harry Potter book. I missed my entire family reading the books in the same day and talking about them with my friends.
So yeah, I don’t know. I liked the child characters and thought the story was good, but for me the original seven books are what counts. Cursed Child feels like fanfiction, even though Rowling had a say in it.
Have you read the story? Are you planning to? What are your thoughts?
I’m so unsure about my own thoughts that I’m VERY curious!