Some Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Finally)

29056083How 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!

 

5 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Finally)

  1. I found that looking at this book as part of JKR’s world left me disappointed. It just wasn’t up to par with the last 7 and nothing really felt right. But if I looked at it as its own thing and didn’t compare the rest of the books to this one, it was fun to go back to the world again.

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