Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
Updated: Jul 25, 2020
It’s quite an enjoyable story but there are some huge flaws in it which, as a Potterhead, are quite hard to get past. A nice addition, but not nearly canon.
I watched the stage show before I read the play and there's not a great deal of difference between them (which makes sense, I suppose). Reading the play, I felt I understood it more and could absorb the information better as it was at my own pace. But the stage show fills in the gaps of action that make it an incredible play, for example the end of Part 1 is something you need to see in a theatre. You need to have read, or at the very least watched, the original Harry Potter stories before you can read this. I would recommend not taking it too seriously though, as I did and ended up overthinking last sections of it.
Not For Everyone:
I wouldn't bother reading this if you're not invested in the original Harry Potter series. This springs off from the epilogue of Deathly Hallows and due to the nature of it, a working knowledge of the canonical books is essential. However possibly if you're very invested in the originals, this may not be good for you either as there are huge flaws in it, which are necessary for the plot but do not fit with Harry Potter lore.
To The Author:
I understand the reasons behind it, but explain to me how Scorpius isn't a Hufflepuff?
If You've Never Read The Book And Want To Say You Have:
Malfoy grew up in a way I was not expecting, and I agreed with him more than I would have liked to.
How characters with no, or poor, parental figures develop as parents.
Concept of legacy and the idea that children should follow in their parents' footsteps.