The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (Spoilers Included)

*I have not seen the onstage version. This review is based completely on the script.*
The Cursed Child

by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

  • Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel
  • 9+ for dark themes
  • Published July 31st, 2016 by Scholastic Inc. and Little Brown
  • available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books
  • ★ 

     "Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

     It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

     While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."-Goodreads


     In theory, The Cursed Child was a good idea, but in reality it was doomed to fail. The ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was satisfying, so when I heard about this I was expecting Prisoner of Azkaban is ignored. Most evident is when it is made very clear that time is set in stone and cannot be changed, which happens four times in Cursed Child. FOUR! Another issue is that Scorpius and Albus obviously like each other, the whole story is a build up for their relationship. Then all the sudden Scorpius asks out Albus's cousin Rose, who he despises from the beginning. Honestly, it reminds me more of a badly written fanfic than an official story.
something just as good. However, the plot jumps around a lot and the storyline doesn't really make sense. Anything we learned about time travel from

     In the end, I was more than a little disappointed by The Cursed Child. This might be the meanest review I've ever actually done on this blog. Honestly, I wish it had never been written as I found the original ending was quite a bit better. I hope with all my heart that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is better, or I might have a meltdown. This story could have been so good, but instead it's sloppy and completely unlike the original book series. If you're looking for a more in-depth review, I honestly recommend The Washington Post. It's pretty harsh, but it gets the point across.


     I don't actually recommend this script to anybody, as it completely screws up the ending to the best character ever, (Honestly, Ron's mischievousness and Hermione's brains are a perfect match.) Then I suggest you leave too. All in all the script was extremely disappointing and I flat out REFUSE to consider it an official Harry Potter story. Harry Potter series. As a stand-alone it might've been better, but Thorne and Tiffany didn't stick to Rowling's style at all. Also, there are a lot of lines that have been repeated and most don't fit the character's saying them. If you came here looking for classic Ron Weasley humor, then I recommend you leave right now and don't look back. Ron, the class clown of Hogwarts, has been dumbed down and is extremely out of character. His "humor" is dry and he is basically just there because he's part of the Golden Trio. Also, if you came because Rose Granger-Weasley had the potential to be the

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