Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My son received Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a gift at Christmas time.  He has yet to read it, and it was kicking around since, calling my name.  

Part of the reason I was hesitant to start reading it is the fact that it is a screenplay. Not a novel.  A bit of a disappointment, but okay.  It is Harry Potter, after all! Once I got into the story, I didn’t mind the screenplay as much as I thought I would.

I don’t think I felt as close to the characters as I should have, in particular the newest characters Albus and Scorpius.  The authors did a good job of getting their personalities across but at the same time, there was a rigidity about them, they weren’t quite as fleshed out as you would see in a novel.

The story is set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows.  Harry is married to Ginny and they have three children, James, Albus and Lily.  The story opens at King’s Cross Station where Albus is preparing to board the Hogwarts Express for his first year at Hogwarts.

Albus is having a time of it.  Unlike his brother James, and what the rest of the wizarding world would expect from the son of Harry Potter, Albus isn’t excelling, to say the least, and is getting a fair bit of flack for it.  

He is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, cannot call his broom ‘up’ and befriends Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius, instead of other, more suitable companions.  As very different personalities, Harry and Albus are struggling deeply in their relationship.

What I liked

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because it’s Harry Potter’s world.  It’s Magic, Time Turners, the Marauders Map, Hogwarts and the Floo Network.  It’s the characters, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco.  Its seeing their children grow and work through their own challenges.

The disastrous fallout of changing time, even if only slightly was an interesting concept and I enjoyed the interactions between Dumbledore’s portrait with Harry.

What I didn’t like

I hate to complain about things being unrealistic. It is a fantasy, so anything is possible, right?  But there were strange things that just didn’t click with the original books.  Like polyjuice potion…wasn’t that stuff really hard to make? Would time turners really have a time limit?  

I don’t want to put out any spoilers here, but it just seemed that certain events were bent a little far to make the story work.  

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Did you enjoy it?  Would you like to read a book in this format?





16 Replies to “Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

  1. I did not like this book at all. I totally agree with the plot being manipulated a bit much. It all seemed a bit convenient. I didn’t really like the characters either- they were whiny and one dimensional. Very disappointed because I loved all the other potters.


    1. I can totally see where you’re coming from! Whiny and one dimensional is a good way of putting it. I think if it was a novel we would have seem more into their character and would have been much more likeable. Overall, I can’t say I didn’t like it but it was a bit disappointing.


  2. I’ll admit I’m curious but I just can’t get into so,etching that reads like a script. Maybe once I get through my 30 other TBR books I might pick this up. Shame really, I loved, loved, loved the Potter series.


  3. Good review. I felt the same way. I didn’t enjoy it as a play, but I love the setting, characters and action, so I had to read it. The plot could have been stronger. We needed more familiar characters and subplots like all the other books in the world.


  4. I’m so hesitant in reading that book because of its play style… but I am so curious! I wish I could watch the play before reading! I’m not entirely sure why, but I was not subscribed to your blog up to now… I was so sure I had! Sorry for that.


    1. You probably were subscribed! I had some WordPress issues and ended up losing a bunch of subscribers because I screwed something up.

      My subscribe button was pointing to my blog which is inactive and, not this self hosted blog. I deleted the .com blog thinking thats what I had to do. I could have transferred my followers over but I didn’t know that at the time. Live and learn!


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