Unpopular opinion time (my favorite time)! I LOVE love love love Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
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.
I stopped reading it 30 pages in and didn’t pick it back up again for a month after seeing the negative reviews everywhere and it broke my heart. My expectations were shattered and I was honestly afraid to read it. I am SO happy I decided to give it a second chance!
Here’s the thing. It’s not Harry Potter and that seems to be what people are forgetting. It was written for the stage, we aren’t seeing the spectacle that comes with watching it live, and the characters have grown up. Things have changed and we, as readers, have missed out on a lot. Going into it with an open mind and wiping the slate clean is necessary for reading this book and not comparing it to its glorified predecessors.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione have gone through a lot. They’ve grown up and changed and have children now and like all parents, they are making mistakes. I’ve read a lot about how people don’t think Harry would’ve done something spoilery he did in the book and I disagree wholeheartedly. The closest people Harry had to parents in the books were Dumbledore and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. Harry has no clue what raising a kid should be and honestly who does. Parents are people and people are flawed. Harry is a hero, but Harry also comes from a broken home and went through so much that has left him scarred and those wounds are still healing.
That being said, I’ll get on to talking about Albus. To be honest, I didn’t like Albus at all when I started the book. I thought he was whiny and overly dramatic. Basically, I thought he was childish. Then, I remembered the last argument I had with my parents and realized that in Albus’ place, I’d have the exact same reactions. Maybe not to quite the same magical extent as him, but I have been in his shoes before. He’s growing up with his dad’s reputation on his shoulders and if it wasn’t easy for Harry to shoulder that reputation, why would I expect it to be any easier for his son? After that revelation, I could understand why Albus acts the way he does in the book and why certain things happen. That does not mean that it kept me from burying my face in my hands and groaning “Why, Albus? WHYYYY?”
Scorpius Malfoy. Scorpius is my child and I will defend him to my last dying breath! I loved Scorpius! He was by far the funniest character, somewhat reminiscent of (book) Ron and as nerdy as Hermione. I can see him getting along with those two quite well actually. Albus’ and Scorpius’ friendship is so wonderful! (Though, slight spoiler here so read with caution, I wish JK Rowling would stop with the queer baiting. I love her and I will read anything she writes, but she needs to stop. Seriously.) They are so cute together and they care so much about each other! I need them to be friends forever and always be happy! (Especially my son, Scorpius.)
The adult characters have such wonderful development and I truly enjoyed getting to see how they have grown up and how happy they all are despite what they went through and the effects it has on them to this day. There were pieces of this book that broke my heart and left me sobbing (I swear I cried for the last 100 pages). Conversations that needed to be had were had, redemption arcs were completed, and their hi jinx was refreshing. Just the fact that they were still so close warmed my heart.
Though there were a few plot points that I didn’t really like or necessarily agree with and a few moments that I felt may have been out of character (Though how would I know? I’ve missed 19 years of their lives. People change and grow.) I would highly recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan, or anyone really, looking for a bit of excitement. It made me laugh and cry (sob, weep) and most of all, it made me miss home. Harry Potter and Hogwarts is my home and I am so excited to be gifted this opportunity to get a glimpse into what my friends have been up to!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars