Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Book Review

By Michael Hall

     New Harry Potter book; exciting, right? One might think, “We finally get to see what happened beyond the epilogue at book seven!” Well, this release has been pretty controversial; some people think it’s not a true Harry Potter book because it was written as a play, not written as a book, and wasn’t even completely written by J.K. Rowling! That aside, I’m here to give you an honest review on the new book. Heads up, SPOILER ALERT!

PLOT 1/10: To be honest, I just wanted the epilogue at the end of book seven to be open to interpretation and left that way, as a look into the massive universe that is the Wizarding World years later. However, the new book tries to keep the villains relevant in the plot to give it the feel of a Harry Potter book, while omitting all the other main details that are core to any book in the series. In a nutshell, Harry’s youngest son, Albus, and Malfoy’s youngest son, Scorpius, get duped by Voldemort’s daughter into letting her travel back in time to dissuade her dad from trying to kill Harry in the past, eventually getting her plans shut down by Harry from the future. It can also be seen as Harry’s struggle to connect with his son after having an argument that ends in Albus becoming lonelier and farther away from his family, ending up with him falling victim to a trap to revive Voldemort. It’s very hard to follow as a summary and even harder to read.

CHARACTERS 2/10: Unlike the other Harry Potter books, this book breaks the mold in a bad way. Instead of introducing all the professors and making them a core part of the story, the reader vaguely knows that Neville has become a professor, and even then, I had to dig through the first section to find this detail. Also, with the daughter of Voldemort being introduced, a major plot hole is created because her mother was killed in the seventh book. Also, the book only focuses on Albus, Harry’s youngest son, making it almost impossible to remember any other characters. And remember Malfoy, the sadistic tyrant? He’s about as tyrannical as a fluffy bunny now. In terms of character development, the book does nothing for character development until the end, in which Harry apologizes for something that he already apologized for multiple times throughout the book, which somehow makes Albus completely open up to his dad. Speaking of character interaction, I cringed every time I turned a page. The dialogue did none of the original Harry Potter books justice.

FINAL RATING 1/10: I am a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series, but to me, this book is a massive disappointment. It is shoddily written with absolutely no inspiration from the original series except for a short section at the end of the last book and a few comments that Harry made throughout the series. In my opinion, this is an attempt at capitalizing off of something that should have been done 9 years ago. I would not recommend this book whatsoever unless you can buy it on sale and refund it for full price.