Let’s talk about J.K. Rowling’s new book. If you are like me, then you know how happy I was when I found out about Harry Potter: The Cursed Child. For all of us Potter lovers, this is something we thought was never going to happen. This novel, or script, continues the magical ending of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, and takes us 19 years into the future to meet Harry’s son: Albus, and his complicated relationship with his father. To be honest, there is so much to talk about this book. Either you absolutely love it or you absolutely hate it. Or both! For me, I can speak wonders of it as much as I can say there were some things missing. Ultimately, as a huge muggle nerd I must admit it felt really good experiencing the wizarding world once more.
However, everyone knows nothing is perfect, so after reading the book and talking to many fellow fans I’ll give you the pros and cons of Harry Potter: The Cursed Child.
The magical come-back of your favorite wizards.
It doesn’t matter if you loved it or hated it. You and I know your heart raced when Harry, Ron and Hermione came to life once again through the pages of this book. If you haven’t read it yet, and you are a fan, you’re probably going to feel the same way. Also, the fact that you can see the life of the characters after so many years is pretty rewarding. Who did they marry? Where did they end up working? Are their friendships still stronger than ever? It fills a lot of blanks that fans had when the saga ended.
Although it is nice to see Harry Potter as a dad (something we’ve never seen him struggle with before), to think that the invincible Harry Potter would be having a problem as mundane as parenthood is really something brand new – he did fight the dark lord for 14 years so this should be surprising. Also, let’s remember this new generation that’s being introduced: Hermione and Ron’s daughter, Draco Malfoy’s Son, Potter’s children; Lily, James, and misunderstood Albus. It’s hard not to want to know what kind of troubles they will be getting into.
It’s not a 100% J.K Rowling’s work.
Technically speaking, the entire book is written by screenwriter Jack Thorne. The explanation is the following: Rowling had written this sequel back in 2013 as a novel. Jack Thorne rewrote the whole story as a play that was released in London this year. Although it is Rowling’s ideas and plot, the way it’s written is completely different compared to the past seven books.
There is a lack of description that made our imaginations picture the exact scene and feeling she was trying to transmit. With this script we can only know the characters dialogues and maybe a thing or two about the scene’s environment. While this book is an easy-read (I read it in three days), I always found the complexity of the sentences and paragraphs of the old novels quite beautiful and magical. I was expecting a little more content, but then again, it’s not a novel, it’s a play.
Some parts are just NOT right (SPOILER).
The idea of Voldemort’s child really got fans a little confused.
Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange are probably the most despised characters Rowling has created. For sure, Lestrange sure had a weird, sick obsession with his master, but The Dark Lord is incapable of love, much less being intimate with any other being.
His pure killing nature does not allow for any other feeling, such as desire or sexual attraction. And, if only it could’ve been possible, with perhaps a magical spell to create babies, for sure he wouldn’t have picked an unstable Bellatrix Lestrange to carry the heir of his dark legacy.
Also, Harry Potter’s character is played within this play in a way that defies all the values and moral he has added up in the past seven books. Harry Potter has never been one that threatens people, much less his favorite professor, Professor McGonagall. However, Harry pays a visit to McGonagall’s office to demand her to keep Albus and Scorpius apart or he would use his power in the Minister of Magic to get her fired. We refuse to believe Potter is a bully. It does not matter his haunting past or his tormenting nightmares, he always manage to stay kind and understanding.
Some parts are SO right (SPOILER).
There were some people who felt the time travel in the story was overdue and a fatal mistake. In my perspective, it was the perfect twist to answer all of the “what if,” fans have always asked themselves. What if Cedric had never won the tournament of the three wizards? What would have become of him? What if Voldemort had won the battle of Hogwarts? How would the world look without Harry Potter?
We get to see Hermione as teacher in Hogwarts, as a rebel. We see a world where Hermione and Ron were never together(?) (painful, I know). We finally see, in the very end, Harry Potter witnessing once and for all the day that his parents were killed with the support of all of his friends. That’s the perfect closure for this story.
Sure there are some great things and questionable factors about The Cursed Child, but it sure has created conversations all around the world. The Harry Potter series is legendary. There is no denying that even though we won’t get the same style of Rowling in this last book, we sure love Hogwarts and Harry, and people are going to be expecting a sequel one way or another.