Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
My thoughts: So here’s the thing: I’m afraid if I write an actual review for this, my rating will steadily decline because there were are lot of things not right with this play, fundamentally, at least. You’ve probably heard that the Cursed Child reads like fanfiction and that is ten thousand percent true. Seriously. My friend and I used to play this next generation Harry Potter game (I was Draco’s daughter, if you were wondering) and the plot that we came up with was better than what was in here, or at least made more sense. Because Delphi shouldn’t exist. Oh, how I hated her and everything she was. If you’ve read it, then you know exactly what I mean. She’s just…no. Teddy Lupin basically doesn’t exist, which is weird because he most definitely should be best friends with at least one of the Potter children. All except for Harry, Ginny, and Draco, everyone’s grown character felt completely off and just not right and fell flat. Albus was the only Potter kid that was really even in it, which was kinda annoying. I loved the idea of the time turners and Cedric, but it seemed just like a scam to get to back into the past, see everyone that died, and get hit with ten waves of crushing nostalgia. I’m okay with nostalgia. This book gets 4 stars from me just because it took me back into a world I adore and reminded me why I love it so much. But the magic that JKR put into her original series–the magic that made it special and deep and life changing–is not in the Cursed Child. It’s pretty one dimensional, and I can’t think about it too much or else I feel cheated and get mad because someone just wrote something down and put Harry’s name on it just to get my money, and I know that will work just about every time. Because if I ever got the chance to see the play, even if it was a gagillion dollars, you better believe I’d take that chance, even having read the thing.
Okay, yeah, so there were a lot of disappointments with Cursed Child. Let me tell you about someone who wasn’t one of them. Now I’ve been hardcore Slytherin since day one. I love Draco Malfoy more than life itself and he is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. I told you, I was his daughter in our game my friend and I made up because I just want to be a Malfoy so flipping bad. So imagine my delight when Draco makes quite a few appearances in Cursed Child that were awesome and showed his amazing character. And imagine my utmost complete and utter adoration for the shock that was the wonderfulness of Scorpious Malfoy.
Oh. My. Word. I. Love. Scorpious. So. Much.
I didn’t think it was possible to love a kid named Scorpious with all of my soul, but I really do. If you need a reason to read this play, Scorpious Malfoy counts for at least ten reasons. He was awesome, and made a fellow Malfoy proud.
Despite the flaws, Cursed Child was really good. I have no regrets, and it still has a happy place on my shelf next to Deathly Hallows. No, it wasn’t the same, but I think we all knew that nothing will ever be the same. Yes, some things were irritating, but overall I loved the trip back to Hogwarts, because if nothing else Cursed Child reminded me that this world will always be there to welcome me home.
Rated 4/5 for all the Harry Potter feels and a boy name Scorpious Malfoy