Well, the wait is finally over. The most anticipated book for the most beloved franchise since childhood has finally been unleashed upon the world. And was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
Harry Potter for me and many people around my age, has been the most influential characters ever for countless years. Whether it’s book or movies, we all love the universe of Hogwarts and the huge multitude of characters that we got to meet over the entire saga of 7 books/ 8 movies. We love this universe for the obvious reasons- the prominent theme of importance of friendship that we can relate to, the fantastic magical world that we would love to live in forever, the wide variety of characters that we instantly connect with and most importantly- the writing. The one thing that matters the most, that can either make or break a book or a movie for that matter- the writing. This crucial aspect was the reason why the world still has a huge fan craze of the magnificent universe created by the talented, J.K Rowling.
Unfortunately, with a heavy heart, I have to say, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lacks everything to even be called a decent Harry Potter story in the lore.
This “novel” does not qualify to be called a novel. It’s literally a script and a bad one at that. Remember how Harry, Ron and Hermoine were inspiring role models for us Potterheads because of their unique personalities and characteristics? Well, you don’t have to. Because it doesn’t matter anymore. This “novel” literally gives a middle finger to those lead characters and to us fans, by killing off every principle they stood for. What a huge disappointment. Sorry, I just felt so overwhelmed by this garbage “novel” that I could not recollect my thoughts. Let me just calm down and get to the specifics. SPOILER ALERT.
Finally, Hermoine. Well, at least the writers had the decency to let her maintain her character with dignity. She wasn’t great or nothing, but just fine. Nothing awful about her. Serviceable, at best. But the character that was probably the most sensible in the entire story was Draco Malfoy. I had massive respect for this guy for talking sense into the moronic trio of our once beloved trio of “lead characters”. I like him very much. The rest of the old characters were forgettable. Even Severus Snape and Dumbledore too. Sigh.
Now, onto the new characters- Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius. Believe me, I have never seen characters in the Harry Potter universe as dumbass as these two idiots. These assholes were getting on my nerves with every obviously stupid things they did every time. Scorpius as a stand alone character was sensible but Albus is a complete retard. And what the hell was up with their friendship?! ‘Albus and Scorpius belong to each other’, ‘Albus and Scorpius can’t live without each other’, ‘Albus and Scorpius are meant to be together’. This was the weirdest part of the entire “novel”. I have no problem with gay characters, but this was so NOT friendship. Clearly it was love and the sexual tension between these two was paper thin with all the frequent and awkward hugs between them. It was too inappropriate, considering the age of both characters. Eww! Gross!
I was kinda surprised by the time traveling/multiverse concepts that were introduced in the story. They weren’t new, but still was a refreshing take on the universe. But unfortunately, the writing hurt the story so bad. Why this story did not get the novel treatment is beyond me. The difference between a novel and a script is pretty clear. A novel gives a more fleshed out story with well defined character moments and a great understanding of the universe that surrounds them. This script had none of those elements and does NOT deserve to be called a novel.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a HUGE disappointment and does NOT deserve to be an entry in the Harry Potter franchise. If J.K Rowling intended this to be the last Harry Potter story ever told, then shame on her for ruining the legacy of Harry Potter with this utter rubbish of a story. As a Potterhead, I feel betrayed and I strongly want to sell this garbage of a “novel” to some blind Potter fanboy. Or maybe I should give it to the hard working Raddiwaala. Now that is a charitable cause and it will make me feel a lot better.