Book Reviews: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Rating: 7 stars out of 10

ATTENTION: For those of you who do not want spoilers, it is advisable that you do not read the content below.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by the one and only J K. Rowling was a decent read. It was nostalgic and it was nice to know what happened to the characters after all this time. This book tends to be more enjoyable if one goes into it with the mindset that you’re just along for the ride. Do not expect it to rekindle the magic of every book prior to this one. It will only lead to a mild disappointment. This book is worth reading and I definitely couldn’t put it down once I picked it up, but I will say there might be some deal breakers for those of you who have not bought the book yet. While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child does bring back some fond memories, there are some things that are just down right silly and leave you wondering why it was even added to the story.

To start with, this book starts off strong with Harry’s job in the ministry and his son being sorted into Slytherin. Albus makes friends with Malfoy’s son which is a complete contrast to his father’s experience at Hogwarts. There is huge focus on Harry’s relationship with his son, Albus. This makes a lot of sense. Albus isn’t like his father at all. He’s bad at Quidditch, he got sorted into Slytherin, his best friend is a social outcast, and to top it off, people are constantly comparing him to his father.

The real trouble begins when Albus and Scorpius try to go back in time to save Cedric Diggory’s life. Albus and Scorpius succeed in doing this on their second try, but things got totally screwed up in an overly dramatic way. They ridiculed Cedric causing him to grow resentful and become a death eater. Scorpius becomes a very popular kid and apparently a jerk as well. This is an awkward change of pace given how the book leads you to believe the Potter’s would be more involved. It’s understandable how that wouldn’t be possible because in the timeline where Cedric becomes a death eater, Neville never killed the snake, Harry Potter dies, and Lord Voldemort reigns supreme. It’s cute how during this time the students at Hogwarts curse in Potter’s name.

Later it is discovered that all of this was an elaborate plan by Voldemort’s daughter, Delphi. She wants to see the father she never got have and live in a world where they are together. This is a wee bit silly. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Voldemort seemed to be incredibly focused on absolute power and immortality. In this sense you could almost classify him as asexual. It’s a bit far fetched given how he was searching for Horcruxes and obsessed with Harry Potter. He probably had little time for much else let alone a physical relationship with Bellatrix. One cannot possibly imagine the effects splitting your soul into seven pieces might have on your prostate. Are we seriously supposed to believe the Voldemort had sex with Bellatrix? If the did have a daughter, it’s hard to imagine Voldemort would have any human feelings towards her at all. 

Overall, there’s not really a whole lot to complain about. The book was very nostalgic. It brought back some good memories and what they did with the trolley witch was pretty interesting. (Apparently you can’t and shouldn’t try to get off the train.) It was nice to have a peek inside the character’s lives and I enjoyed catching up with Harry and the gang. I would recommend this to any fan of the series.