[Book Review] Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review (SPOILERS)

Okay. Let me begin by saying that I moderately liked the book, and would absolutely love it if were some kind of an Elseworlds story. I remember when I was around 14ish and I read the Prisoner of Azkaban for the first time, I felt that Rowling should have left time-travel alone; there were just too many loopholes in her concept of time-travel.

There were a lot of questions that sprang to my mind back then. Why didn’t Harry stop Pettigrew using the time-turner? Why doesn’t Harry use it to stop Voldemort from killing his parents? Or, for fuck’s sake, why doesn’t the ministry use it to stop Voldemort when he was just Tom Riddle? She seemed to have one simple explanation for all these questions: ‘Bad things happen to wizards who meddle with time’. Well, fine. Not entirely convinced, but we all swallowed that. After which, surely she had to take some stronger steps to prevent us from asking such questions. The Battle of Hogwarts was inevitably approaching. People would definitely have questioned the ministry if they didn’t use the Time Turners to prevent the carnage at Hogwarts. So, she had the gang destroy all the Time Turners in the Order of the Phoenix. It didn’t add anything to the plot in that book. That was Rowling thinking ahead of time.

Having said that, the Cursed Child takes all the above mentioned foundations and throws them out the window. No, it’s not that what I’m complaining about. You’ll see soon enough.

So, Harry’s and Malfoy’s sons become besties and decide to rewrite history by preventing the death of Cedric Diggory. I mean, sure. There were about a dozen other people they could have chosen to save; Fred, Lupin, Tonks, Albus’ own grandparents, FFS! But, for reasons known to themselves, they choose to save Cedric Diggory. They come back to the present two times, one time with Albus disappearing. Each time worse than before (shades of Age of Ultron?)

Finally, they go back a third time to stop Voldemort’s daughter (with Bellatrix, of course). So, she was born in Malfoy Manor and no one noticed her. Bellatrix was pregnant for 9 months and no one noticed. Cool. Having stopped her and re-written history for what seemed like the hundredth time, our gang comes back to the present. Whew!

I didn’t have a problem with the book being a script. People cribbed all over the social media about it being a script. She fucking said it was gonna be a script. Where was all your outrage then, godammit? I didn’t really have a problem with the story-line either. Although with the amount of information, Rowling could probably have written 4 books with this plot.

My biggest and probably only legit complaint was that this book/play threatened to undo everything that she had covered in the 7 original books. I grew up reading those books. I’ve probably read each book at least 8 times (yeah, I was in love with the HP series). This play indicated that the plot followed in those 7 books, years of wizarding history, and the lives of every character could have easily been re-written. You know how we, as comic book fans, feel during retcons? Yeah, well this play threatened to do that and that was the only thing I didn’t really like about the story-line.

As always, let me know what you guys think.


S. Narayanswamy Iyer

A tired software engineer and an enthusiastic comic and television fan, Narayanswamy puts his opinions on paper with great passion and acute intent. When you want reviews or features with humour in it, he's the one to read from! You can follow him on his blog - Here

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