Out of all the horrid year of 2016, there is one highlight: the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Yes, I have finally read the play of modern Harry trying to figure out how to parent while his son Albus tries to save Cedric Diggory. It wasn’t spectacular, and it may be disastrous to other. For me, well… It was one of those stories that was so bad and so good at the same time.
The dynamic between Harry, Albus, Scorpius and Draco is the highlight of the book. First, there’s Harry and Albus. It is so interesting and I feel bad for each of them at different points. It’s not a great relationship, but it’s not an awful one either. Watching it develop is awkwardly amazing and it actually feels authentic. This is kind of similar with Scorpius and Draco. It is obvious that Draco loves his son and I love it so much. It’s nice to see this version of Draco and how we get a different perspective of his life as a teenager. And of course, there is the relationship between Albus and Scorpius. I defy anyone that can read/watch it and day that they’re in a purely platonic relationship. That’s right. Even JK herself. These relationships saved me from being truly disappointed from this book.
I’m a bit iffy on the other characters. Hermione is decent and I can see Hermione becoming that, but Ron? Half the time, he acted too much like Fred and not really Ron. He joked around, loved eating, and is apparently a type of person where him showing up and wanting to ‘make babies’ with Hermione is a little weird, but not totally unlike him. It is almost saved in the end after the Hermione/Ron proves itself to be total canon. Ginny was, well, cool and reasonable, but she is still a forgettable character. Apart from Ron, I can see them as having the same essence as to when they were in the original series. They’re not amazing, but I buy it.
The plot is decent, and is similar to a lot of fanfiction I read when I was younger. It’s a good old fashioned time travel story with family angst. The fact that teenagers have written similar stories multiple times before isn’t the worst part. It’s the plot holes. I can’t be the only one who think that (spoiler…ish) people getting into the ministry of magic with the use of the polyjuice potion shows that the ministry’s security system is awful. Especially when one pretends to be the Ministry of Magic. There are a few other instances where something happens and it’s so strange it’s laughable or something that is a big deal happens, but then it is treated casually. Even a twist that seems like it was supposed to be major, was more of a ‘k’ twist. Basically, if you want a story with amazing plot and little to no holes, go to fanfiction.com. Not here.
I’m not sure what it’s actually like to watch, but the dialogue is a mix between warm and touching and so bad it’s good. I’m sorry, but “I’m ingorgimpressed’ is something I’ll be saying from now on. There was one scene between Harry and Albus where I clutched my pearls. If you have read it, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the type of writing where it’s cheesy and ridiculous most of the time, but you have to embrace that to truly appreciate the story.
Do you know what this book feels like? It feels like closure. Harry Potter is still traumatised from his younger years and is trying to deal with everything, but struggles. Hermione and Ron are always meant to be and Draco has family that he loves completely. It may not be the most thrilling book, but it brings comfort to eleven year old me. 6.8/10