Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and endorsed by JK Rowling

Read: 31st July 2016 – 20th August 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: No

Note added August 2020: For obvious reasons, I will not be supporting either JK Rowling or this franchise in the future.

I had high hopes for this book.

I’ve adored Harry Potter my entire life. I’m pretty sure that the first film that I ever saw was the first Harry Potter one, and I remember being so proud when I was finally able to read the series by myself.

Unfortunately, this was disappointing. Harry himself was incredibly out of character. There is no way that the Harry we got to know over the course of the series would act in the way he did. No way at all.

A lot of the plot of this centres around the use of time turners. In Prisoner of Azkaban, they were established to only work in order to create a stable time loop (they went back in time and nothing changed. Their presence allowed things to play out as they already had). I can accept time turners being used to actually change the past in fanfiction. But this is canon. Seeing as I’ve read fanfiction that actually addressed why the time turner could suddenly be used to change the past, this plot hole is, in my opinion, unacceptable.

Also, having had experience of performing onstage, it felt like there were way too many scene changes. Additionally, while some of the things written would work on film, I’m not sure that they’ll work quite as well onstage.

However, I really like Scorpius. He and his relationship with Albus (however you choose to interpret it) is easily the best thing about this book.

Review originally written in 2016

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