Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Warning:

  • Save some tears before getting into Hogwarts now. You’ll most probably cry at the end for ruining your childhood or teen memories.
  • Spoilers Ahead! (They may not be in order, though.)

Forget the playful Harry you have in mind. Now, try imagining him as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and the father of three school-going children. Initially, even doing this seemed quite difficult for me but was also slightly convincing that muggles aren’t the only species who are overworked. All our wizards from the original Harry Potter (HP) series are very well placed in their professional sphere.

The book starts with the elucidation of the stranded father-son relationship between Potter and his second son, Albus. Just as Albus feared in the climax of the HP series, the sorting hat puts him into Slytherin initiating a new bond of friendship. I didn’t expect to like someone from the Malfoys. Also, it was astonishing but Draco behaved as a better parent than Harry.

Within the first 50 pages, you’d find the new generation already in their third year at Hogwarts.

Ron doesn’t remember his own wedding. His characterization was so poor that he doesn’t do anything other than cracking stupid jokes. He was portrayed so dumb.

Our wizards don’t use magical words even when required, making me wonder if magic spells had turned obsolete with the last volume.

Potter suddenly gets obsessed with Lily’s blanket out of nowhere. I am unable to recall its specification in any of the older series. He says he didn’t have any father figure in life when growing up. Who were Sirius, Arthur, Remus, Hagrid, and Dumbledore? Didn’t these men love Harry enough to be recognized as father figures?

When did they start allowing parents into Hogwarts? Was that a privilege to ‘the-boy-who-lived’? Another puzzle!

There’s a time turner around which the whole plot revolves. Who controls that? What happens with the change of events? What’s the climax after all the chaos it creates? These form the crux.

The progeny of Potter and Weasleys know every single event that had taken place before years, esp. at the Triwizard Tournament. The readers aren’t hinted at how they got to know the details.

You-Know-Who has resurrected and Harry is dead. Moreover, the Dark Lord’s relationship status isn’t single anymore. I couldn’t find if it was out of love or lust. But, he’s married and even has a child [Shedding Tears!]. Guess which character could’ve been his wife, and let’s discuss that in the comment section!

Another destroyed character was Cedric. I wonder how one of the kindest characters turned into a dark death-eater unable to bear a silly humiliation.

The characters move to and fro in time numerous times to only reset the world the same way it was at the beginning of the book. Please don’t compare this with the beautiful time travel depicted in the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’.

I felt happy for the characters that weren’t present and saved from butchery – Sirius, Tonks, and Remus. (There are a few others I couldn’t recall).

Remember, it’s not a novel but a play (written in 2016 by Jack Thorne). It has a script that’s very much different from the main series with very few peeks into the magic world. For me, in spite of little humour present, it was more like a dump of relationships and lifeless characters. There are so many more scenes that bothered me. Anyway, let me stop here.

As someone who enjoyed reading all fantasies of Harry Potter in teens and having lived with them in movies, I was honestly disappointed with this book. The charm and the spark that HP volumes had created is greatly missing. My mistake when opening the book was that I expected more from the HP series and ended up with my expectations falling to the ground.

I’ll never dare to open this book for a second read. It’s definitely not the eighth story, but just a script for the play. The Harry Potter series rightly ended where it had to. However, if you still want to introduce yourself to the new characters of the magic world, go ahead!


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  1. I picked up this book recently and I wished that I had read this sooner. I for one liked this book. But then again, I didn’t analyse it to the extent that you did. They did allow Lucius Malfoy into Hogwarts, more than once too. But being a play, I cut this book a lot of slack. It’s not easily to embed a lot of information within such a short play. And I felt that they had done a good job with all the constraints. This book made me wish that JKR had started a new series about the next generation. So on this post, Anisha, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to agree to disagree.

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    1. Anisha says:

      It has been years since I read the HP series. If I’m not wrong, Lucius Malfoy was one of the school governors. He even had a hand in the plot of killing BuckBeak.

      I understand that this is a play and can’t embed as many details as in a novel. But after a successful series, it isn’t supposed to be open with so many questions either.

      I’ve watched whole day theatrical performance of few great novels too. Maybe, I’d have liked it that way. I felt that the characters have lost their core values in this book.

      Anyway, I appreciate and respect your honest disagreement, Shweta!

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      1. Yes, he was on the board. Harry being the Head of the Magical Law Enforcement might have had some influence too. Also, let’s not forget – he’s Harry Potter! You can imagine what the entire wizarding world feels about him. But then again, that’s me. I try to make excuses for the writers if I like a book. It’s just a gut feeling. I think it’s because we have become too attached to the characters. We feel as if we have grown up with them. Even a small change in their behaviour can feel like a terrible insult to our memories of those beloved characters. That’s one reason why I usually don’t read any Harry Potter fan fiction. Some of them are way too… unorthodox for want of a better word, for my liking.

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        1. Anisha says:

          Yeah, he’s ‘Harry Potter’. That’s what I thought too about his privileges. Haha, it seems this book has become a part of you, Shweta!

          You’re very right. I found it harder to adjust with the behavioural changes of the characters. I haven’t read any fan fictions too. Regarding the next generation talks in your previous comment, I doubt if we’ll enjoy them as much as the originals.

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          1. Oh I used to be a diehard fan. Over the years, the madness has slowly come too a normal level. If JKR pens it, it’ll be wonderful. But then again, it might not seem so because of the hype surrounding it. Currently, I’m following her Ickabog series. I’m loving it!

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            1. Anisha says:

              I haven’t been a diehard fan at any stage. But, still this book gave some pain.

              Maybe, it’d have been different had JKR written this. I haven’t come across Ickabog series. Thanks for sharing that, Shweta. I’ll give it a read sometime.

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              1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the book that made me feel in love with reading. So I have a lot of emotional connection to the series. 🙂
                Yes, we will never know. But I think she has helped with the editing. Anyway, the Ickabog is currently available on her website. They are planning to make it into an e-book with illustrations from kids.

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                1. Anisha says:

                  I have a soft corner for that book too!

                  I’m not aware about JKR’s role in ‘The Cursed Child’. Anyway, thanks for sharing information on a new series, Shweta. I’ll check it out soon!

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  2. Adidas says:

    tell me voldemort married nagina?
    but was nagina killed? it has been a long long time since i read hp

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    1. Anisha says:

      In the ‘Cursed Child’ play, it’s shown that Voldemort has a daughter with Bellatrix Lestrange.

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      1. Adidas says:

        ohkay, dat means volde liked bellatrix’s attention 😉 i thought she was annoying him, didn’t know both had feelings for each other.
        XD. wait, they have feelings?! now that’s some different colours.

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        1. Anisha says:

          I too thought she was pestering the dark lord. This was a twist quite difficult to handle. I don’t think they had feelings for each other, atleast Dark Lord didn’t have any towards Bellatrix.

          Who knows? Maybe, he wanted a progeny to leave his legacy behind. He might have predicted the events that might happen!

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    1. Anisha says:

      Thanks for reading, Akshita! ☺

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  3. I’m not a fan of this one, I was super excited when I found out about it and I devoured it in 3 days but still I think I’d not read it again on the other hand I’ve read the first three books thrice over the years, they’re my favorite and my second favorite is The Half-Blood Prince.
    But I appreciate it’s uniqueness anyways.

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    1. Anisha says:

      The first three books have also fascinated me. I guess that’s because they were the ones that introduced us to the magic world.

      I agree; this book is unique in its own way, just not one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dixit!

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      1. You’re most welcome, Anisha 🙂

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  4. Harsh says:

    The only that grabbed my attention here was that You-Know-Who has resurrected.

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    1. Anisha says:

      You’ve been a sincere fan of the dark lord, Harsh! Is there any reason behind that?

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      1. Harsh says:

        Not sure. But I have a higher sense of respect and liking for him and many other antagonists.

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        1. Anisha says:

          I agree. He deserves respect. There’s no plot without a powerful antagonist.

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          1. Harsh says:

            Exactly.

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  5. whoa anisha ! this was a wonderful way to describe harry potter ! loved it lots!

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    1. Anisha says:

      I’m glad you found this review interesting, Muskan!

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  6. Addy says:

    What?!! How did Cedric turn to become a dark character?

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    1. Anisha says:

      Yeah, that was sad. To save Cedric from dying, the controllers of time turner would humiliate him and prevent him from entering the finals. He must have felt hatred for tarnishing his ‘champion’ fame and joined hands with the death eater. He even kills Neville which leaves Nagini alive. Total injustice to his character!

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  7. Lisa Coleman says:

    I bought this book as soon as it came out because I was wanting more after everything was done. Been a while since I read it and my memory sucks. I guess I need to pull it off the shelf and get acquainted with it again. 🙂

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    1. Anisha says:

      That’s interesting. I just read this book in the recent past, before 2-3 months. I’d love to know your opinion after you re-read. 🙂

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        I will let you know. 😊

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  8. chackochen says:

    Yeah, it’s true, doesn’t contain the magical continuation of previous hp series, it’s totally disappointing

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    1. Anisha says:

      I’m glad you’re in accordance with my stand. Thanks for the read!

      Like

  9. mugilandevasagayam says:

    The time i read the first page of HP cursed child i got bored and irritated to read it because… because…. it is very complicated to explain because i am just 12 and i haven’t much grammer still

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