Okay, so… Where do I even start?!
I really, really loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And I know that many people are on the fence about it and some people are disappointed or don’t like it at all, but I’m not one of those people and in this (spoiler free!) post I am going to attempt to tell you why.
When the news came out that Cursed Child was going to be a thing, but it was going to be a play and the book would “just” be the script, I wasn’t all that excited. Up until Sunday morning I wasn’t even planning on buying the book yet. “Maybe after a couple months,” I thought, because I was actually quite apprehensive – it could never be as good as the first seven books, right? But then I saw all the hype on Twitter and Instagram – I mean, people were so excited, it was great – and somehow I finally became excited as well. It was as if the idea of a new Harry Potter story hadn’t really entered my brain until then. All of a sudden I was all like “BUT IT’S A NEW HARRY POTTER STORY I HAVE TO READ IT RIGHT NOW“.
They started selling the book here at 12 in the afternoon on Sunday, so I made sure I was at the bookstore by then. There were only a handful of other people there, so it was really an in-and-out situation (I wanted to get home and start reading straightaway), but it really felt like a moment when I picked up that new book and walked with it to the cashier. I don’t want to get all soppy and sentimental, but — nah, let’s face it, this whole post is going to be soppy and sentimental.
It was a very emotional experience, okay?!
And then I started reading it. Cue even more emotions. I didn’t really know what I expected, but I was careful to go into it as open-minded as possible and to think of Cursed Child as a separate story from the books (but still canon). But as soon as I opened the book I was back in that world. The story might be different, both in format and tone, but the magic is the same. It’s still Hogwarts, and it’s still those characters I grew up with and have come to love so much (and a few new ones who rocked too).
Cursed Child focuses on Albus Severus Potter, Harry’s son, and the first two scenes are basically the final chapter of Deathly Hallows, which I really liked as a way to ease us back into the world. Albus really struggles with being “the son of Harry Potter”, especially because he feels he is not living up to the expectations that are set for him. I really enjoyed his character since he was much more flawed than Harry ever was. I’m not saying that Harry wasn’t flawed, but in the end he was the ultimate hero who saved the world. It was very interesting to see how Albus handled that family history.
My favourite character in this story was Scorpius Malfoy, though. He is Draco’s son but so different from him in every respect. I’m not going to say much more about him, because he’s such a cool character and I want everyone to be surprised, but I loved him. A lot. To me, he was the most vibrant character in the entire book.
While the plot was pretty cool, I mostly loved it because it revisited so many of the old characters, however briefly. The plot itself was not that amazing, I think, but really interesting nonetheless and I have no complaints about it whatsoever. The story completely sucked me in and I was very invested.
What I loved most about Cursed Child, though, is that it gave us a glimpse of how Harry ended up and who he ended up being. Up until the end of Deathly Hallows his life had been defined for a pretty huge part by his feud with Voldemort. After that, he finally got to be his own person and I enjoyed seeing him like that, even for just a little bit. I know some people didn’t like the last chapter of Deathly Hallows because they didn’t want to be forced to accept a vision of Harry’s later life instead of being able to imagine it themselves, but I loved it. Same goes for Cursed Child. I should say, though, as far as I’m concerned J.K. Rowling can do no wrong.
I read Cursed Child within 24 hours, and after I finished it I really didn’t know what to do with myself for a little while. Over the years there’ve been multiple occasions where I’ve had conversations with friends that went along the lines of “I’d give anything to be able to read Harry Potter again without knowing what’s going to happen. Imagine having that feeling again.” For a short period of time, I did have that feeling again, and it was so good to be back.
I’m not even close to being done talking about this book, so I think I’m going to do another post in which I’ll go into more depth about the story – meaning it will feature spoilers. Let me know if you’re interested in a post like that!
24 thoughts on “My (Spoiler Free) Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”
You make my mouth water, and this time without writing about baking something!
😀 I’ll take the book with me asap.
I loved it too: thrilling, very funny in places and poignant. I can only imaging how stunning it is when it comes together on stage…..
Exactly! I loved the funny bits, too, and the sarcasm. I’d love to see it on stage one day, but for now I’m very content with picturing it inside my head 🙂
I’ve been debating on whether or not to actually read this because I’m so afraid of being disappointed! But I think I’m going to. I love Harry Potter too much not to! ❤ Thanks for the great review!
Thanks, Holly! That was my fear as well, but as you can tell I wasn’t disappointed at all! I think it mostly depends on how you go into it. 🙂
Awesome review.. I totally agree with you about Scorpius..
Thank you very much! He’s such a wonderful character 🙂
I also did a non-stop read of Cursed Child. I think it is really good, but I was also prepared for it to be a play written by someone else based off a story by JK Rowling. I think that’s where people are confused. They just expected another book and can’t seem to get over it. Great post!
Yes, exactly. I knew what it was before starting it and I was prepared for it being either different or not as good – which made it so much easier to like it! Thank you! 🙂
I’m still ambivalent about the script format, but you pointed out something that hadn’t actually registered for me before: this is our chance to see Harry and who he becomes. This book had always been about Albus, which I didn’t actually mind, but I hadn’t actually thought about what it would show us about Harry. Weirdly enough! LOL!
Haha, glad to have added another perspective for you! I actually only really realised to what extent it shows us stuff about Harry and how much I loved that when I was writing this post!
I have to admit I did love Scorpius. BUT YES THE HYPE WAS CRAZY. This is why you don’t under-estimate the power of book bloggers – we get excited. Very excited. So glad you loved it (even though I…didn’t. As you know haha)
Scorpius was amazing ❤ Ha, that's definitely true. I didn't realise just how much that had the ability to influence me until Cursed Child :') I really enjoyed our conversation about the book, btw! 😀
That’s what I’m feeling too! Reading a Harry Potter book without knowing what will happen 🙂
It’s the best feeling! 🙂
I had all of these feelings – Scorpius was my favourite too. Just so precious.
I loved him so much! Definitely the most vibrant character, I thought 🙂 So glad you liked it too!
I loved this review! It’s definitely convinced me to give cursed child a shot 😀
Thank you so much! Let me know what you think of the book 🙂
I just stumbled upon your blog (I know it’s very late)and I have to say you made some really interesting thoughts on the play. Just wondering have you made another post with spoilers that contains your thoughts on the play? Thanks.
Thank you! No, I didn’t write that post with spoilers in the end, sorry!
Sure thing no worries. I just finished the play recently (yeah I know, very unenthusiastic) would be interested to know your thoughts on it in the future should you decide to write the post.