Okay so here it is…what I thought of The Cursed Child.
Overall I loved it! How could I not? It’s an extension to a story I read and loved as a child and a series of books that has stayed with me ever since. I’ve read these books at multiple different stages of my life and they always seem to bring some sort of clarity and comfort, not to mention the fact that I notice something new each time I read them.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Serious spoilers ahead…also this post is written on the assumption that The Cursed Child has already been read
I was incredibly moved (so much so that I cried buckets) by The Cursed Child, particularly by Harry’s struggle at being a good dad and witnessing his parents death and the Malfoy’s story.
Admittedly, some parts of the story were very strange. Could Cedric Diggory have become a Death Eater after a humiliating loss in the TriWizard Tournament? Why does Harry Potter have a fear of pigeons? And Voldemort Day!?
Okay so we don’t know what else happened to Cedric, whether he was teased relentlessly after the TriWizard Tournament so maybe he could’ve eventually gone to Voldemort’s side? Harry may have told Albus his fear of pigeon’s to lighten the mood, in that silly way dads do? And I believe that Voldemort Day would most definitely be a thing, but named something a lot different. Day of The Dark Lord perhaps? Even his own followers didn’t call him by his name! Voldemort Day just sounds so lame in comparison to his power.
I’ve seen other reviewers picking up on these oddities as well, but they’ve also questioned the credibility of Voldemort having a daughter with Bellatrix. I thought the books and films made it pretty clear that Bellatrix was incredibly devoted to Voldemort to the point where she would do anything for him, even rot in Azkaban for years. Having Voldemort’s daughter and leaving her a prophecy to resurrect him seems like something Bellatrix would jump at the chance to do (if she was even asked and not commanded).
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the book being structured as a script but I ended up loving this too. The stage directions gave a clear idea of what was happening on the stage and allowed me to imagine what the stage play would be like. If it’s anything like the way I envisioned it in my head, it will be incredible!
Though it has been 19 years, it was great to see how the characters still had the signature parts of their personalities that made us fall in love with them in the first place. My favourite character has always been Ron and I was delighted to see he was still his awkward funny self. Scorpius quickly became another favourite of mine as his story was so heartbreaking.
On the whole, The Cursed Child is everything I could’ve hoped for. I do think it was perhaps a little rushed – which also explains the lack explanation of the odd areas of the story – but I have to remember The Cursed Child isn’t a book. It’s a play that has already been split into two parts because of the length. I’m just praying that one day a film is made as I’m not sure I’ll ever get to see the play!
If for whatever reason you haven’t read The Cursed Child and you’re reading this spoiler-ridden post, go buy it! You won’t regret it, J.K. Rowling has wowed again!