Monday, August 15, 2016

Uhhhhh.... What Just Happened???? // Cursed Child Review

Okay I'm just gonna lay this down. I really reallly wanted to adore this script, play, book thingie (we're just gonna call it a script, capiche?) I was beyond excited for Cursed Child as I so adamantly displayed in this post about the new developments in the wizarding world.

Synopsis & Details:


The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. read more... The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.


Title: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
Author(s): J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: Library

However I have to say my feelings about this script are mixed at best.


Part I drove me nuts (and not in the good way) just ask my family, I literally raged my way through Cursed Child. (You can not even fathom how many times I put down the script to yell at the characters for being 1. way out of character 2. stupid) Though I kept reading on cause it's Harry Potter, and no Potterhead can just abandon a Potter book.

Let me just say this, Scorpius, my man is the best thing to ever grace Cursed Child (well Albus wasn't too bad himself, though occasionally his rational decision making skills were a bit lacking. But seriously, the poor dude, Albus Severus Potter, pfft what kinda name is that?)

Cursed Child reads like a fanfiction (and not even a good one at that), not like a Harry Potter book.


It's honestly like the two aren't really even in the same world. Plus, Harry, Hermione, and Ron feel different, kinda as if some of their personality was chopped off.

Part II was marginally better than Part I (translation: less angry raging) I found myself enjoying the story more. Honestly beside Scorpius, Part II is the sole savior of Cursed Child. (Scorpius and Part II are the only reasons Cursed Child isn't getting 1 star) (view spoiler)[*warning, major, major, spoilers, turn back now or forever suffer* What the f**king hell (in this case foul language was really a necessity) Voldemort has a daughter... (not sure what to feel about it, kinda cheesy to be honest. I would have liked this story a lot more sans-Voldy) Also awhile back on the ol' tumblr I saw a post that claimed to be a Cursed Child spoiler that said Cedric Diggory became a Death Eater, and I about died of laughter, turns out it's kinda true... yeah no that's totally out of character.]

Cursed Child is an okay addition to the Potter Universe (if a bit unnecessary).


I wouldn't say I 100% hated it, but I don't particularly adore it. Though if you're a potterhead I definitely recommend you at least check it out.

Also even though I haven't personally seen the play, if you have a chance to see the play before reading the script, you should wait to see the play. From what I've heard the play's visuals more than make up for the poor plot. I hope I get the chance to see it someday. (Rock fact: this is the first 2 starred review I've ever posted on Quartzfeather, and honestly it's kinda sad, never imagined it'd be this book receiving that honor. And yes that was an Over the Garden Wall reference)

Rating: 2/5 Stars


So have you read Cursed Child? Or better yet seen the play? If so a penny for your thoughts?