I have very mixed feelings about Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and so I only gave it 3 stars over on Goodreads. I originally gave it 4 stars but had to go back and change it after thinking about it some more. Usually I only post reviews for 4 or 5 star books on this blog, but as this is the last Harry Potter book I will make an exception. This review is spoiler free!
- UK hardcover – 352 pages.
- Release date: 31st July 2016
- Published by Little Brown UK
- ISBN: 0751565350
- Goodreads page for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here!
Although I have mixed feelings, my review is probably still biased because I can’t help but love anything Harry Potter related. I loved it but at the same time I really didn’t like some parts of it. Overall though it was an enjoyable read and I only began to see problems with it after I had finished reading.
I can’t help but agree with other reviews that say this book felt like fanfiction. I have been reading fanfiction for around seven years and I’ve read multiple works in the past with a similar plot line. The main plot point is actually one of my least favourite things to read about in Harry Potter fanfiction and so that didn’t help. I did still enjoy it but I just can’t see it as canon in my mind.
I really like both Albus and Scorpius and would love to read more about them in the future. I am not sure how I feel about the other characters though. It’s strange to read about the golden trio as 40 year old’s, I didn’t feel like I was really reading about Harry, Ron and Hermione. I especially felt like Harry was strange in this book and Ron was pretty pointless, but perhaps that is because they are around 20 years older. I thought Draco was perfect although I do feel annoyed about what happened to him, I think he deserved better.
On a more positive note, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading a play, I flew through it and I weirdly enjoyed reading only dialogue. I think it worked well as a play because the world was already so well-developed in the previous books we didn’t even need any other information. Reading the stage directions etc made me really wish I was going to see the play!
There was one plot twist in this book that I absolutely hated and I can’t believe it at all (I won’t mention it because I don’t want to spoil.) Overall though, I did enjoy reading this book and it shed some light on things we didn’t see in the other 7 books. If I don’t analyse the plot too much and simply enjoy being back in the Wizarding World then I would recommend this book (especially if you enjoy fanfiction!)
If you’ve read The Cursed Child then let me know what you thought of it in the comments, I would love to know! Keep it spoiler free though.
Thanks for reading!