Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne

Cursed Child(based on a story by JK Rowling, and in collaboration with John Tiffany)

Many years after the end of the Harry Potter series, a new story starts centered on the children of several characters of the original series. In play form.

I have mixed feelings about this play. On the one hand, it was fun to hear more about What Comes Later. I didn’t mind the epilogue of Book 7, and I liked seeing what it was like for the future generation of the wizarding world. On the other hand, there was a lot of this story that felt off. For example:

  • There was too much revisiting the old series, down to full-on dialogue, with a few tweaks. I would have preferred fewer scenes simply regurgitated from the books, and I would have preferred those that were revisited to be revisited faithfully, without liberties taken in dialogue.
  • The characterization and writing felt very not-Rowling. I won’t go into details because it would involve spoilers, but there are definitely things I never would have expected certain characters (like Voldemort) to do. I have a hard time believing it.
  • This doesn’t read like a play. This reads like a play that has been semi-novelized for reading purposes. I know that most people probably appreciate that, but I’ve been reading scripts on their own since my mid-teens, and would have just preferred a straight-up script.
  • A lot of the story was very predictable. There were a few surprises – mostly because of the liberties taken with certain characters – but mostly it was easy to predict in advance.
  • There were also some serious consistency issues, especially regarding some of the time-travel stuff. Again, can’t say more without spoilers.
  • I didn’t feel like I got to know the new characters very well at all, and I really would have liked to, especially Scorpius.

Despite all that, I did enjoy the play somewhat, especially in the second half. I just felt like it could have been so much more, and it fell short of that mark. I’m unlikely to reread the book, but at least for awhile, I plan to keep it snuggled up to the rest of my Harry Potter series.

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2 Responses to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne

  1. Kristen M. says:

    Is it weird that the thing that is turning me off the most is the name Scorpius? I’m sorry but nobody would do that to their kid. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, I am 99% sure that I would rather just keep the books in their hallowed places in my heart and pretend this isn’t out there to be read.


    • Amanda says:

      Heh, I don’t mind Scorpius because it’s obviously a Malfoy tradition. They don’t care much about what’s going on outside the wizarding world, and it must be a status mark or something. πŸ˜€


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