I am currently re-reading Harry Potter series, and being immersed into the amazing world of HP again, I am reminded of just how much I did not enjoy The Cursed Child. So I thought I would write about the things that irked me the most.
Can you think of a harder book to review than the long awaited Harry Potter sequel? With half the people blindly fawning over its every word and attacking anybody who says anything moderately negative about it? The other half f people? Well some of them hate it, some of them are heartbroken and disappointed, and some of them don't care in the slightest about this book (I think I covered everybody). So where do I stand?
I believe in good books. I believe in constructive reviews. And I believe in not loving something just for the sake of "old times", or just for the sake of the author or the beloved character.
Which is what I think is happening with this book. People are unable to not like it, because of how good the previous gooks are. But, constructively speaking, if your favorite author suddenly goes and writes about satanic demon worshipers would you like the book just because your favorite author wrote it? I hope not. So no matter how much you love the author, or the characters, it is still okay not to like the book. It does not make you a hater.
Now, here are the things that went horribly wrong in Harry Potter and the cursed Child, in MY opinion.
1. Delphi. Being the child of Voldemort. Yes, I know it is the biggest plot twist and I don't have a problem with that. I have a problem with Voldemort being the father (it even feels weird to write Voldemort and father in the same sentence).
Now, why Delphi couldn't have been Tom Riddle's child? Yes, I know she would have been old, and the time lines would have been messed up, but it's a magical community, surely there could have been ways to explain this. She could have been an orphan her whole life and then somehow find out who's child she is. She could have been frozen in time by Tom, imprisoned in a book, or anything else that your magical mind can come up with. And when she resurfaces she would use magic to alter her looks, so she does not look her age.
In essence, she would still be Voldemort's child, but back when he could still have children. Feelings. Emotions. Be able to touch another human being with some kind of affection? Make love?
Heck he didn't have a nose, who knows what other important body part he might have been missing.
But having Voldemort impregnate Bellatrix while he was what he was, is very twisted and sick in my opinion. Voldemort died when he tried to kill Harry (well 99 percent of him did), he didn't have a body, barely had a soul and he was able to have a child? All Voldemort ever was is dark magic and twisted hatred for the most of his life. I can imagine young Riddle getting drunk and getting some poor witch pregnant, but Voldemort? Not so much.
HP books have a lot of darkness in them and a lot of horrible things happen, but to implement the idea that something as foul as Voldemort (he wasn't a real human at the end, he was basically part snake) had a child is just a bit too sick and twisted for HP series.
2. It might only be me, but the person I wanted to see the most in the new book (before I even knew the new book was coming out) was Teddy Lupin. J.K.Rowling did an amazing job with the story line of Lupin and Tonks, it was an inspiring love story with an extremely tragic end. His parents sacrificed themselves, so their child can have a better future. And maybe be in the new book? No? That really disappointed me, so truthfully speaking this isn't very constructive of me.
3. Ron's character in this book is laughable. And not the Fred and George's kind of laughable, but a horrible "what have you done with him" laughable. Through all of the HP books Ron has been a rock everybody could lean on. Yes, he wasn't the chosen one, not the cleverest one, not the sportiest one, but that didn't stop him from being just as important. He was a great friend, he was funny and he felt like a real person - he had flaws, he had ups and downs and that is why I love Ron. Somehow adult Ron has degraded to barely a wisp of what he used to be. Having absolutely no important place in the new book, he trails his wife around making jokes. Why spend years building an amazing character just to dump-sack him later for no reason at all?
4. One of the messages that stood out very strongly to me in this book was this: No matter how hard you work for your dreams, even if you are the chosen one, you will still end up as an overworked, average person with family problems and crushed dreams. Makes Harry more relatable to average folk? Maybe. Crushes hopes for kids who have dreams and work hard towards them, because even orphan Harry can study hard and become an amazing auror? Definitely. While previous HP books had the ability to help people, and pull them out of depression, The Cursed Child promises to do quite the opposite.
I understand that this way is more life-like, more relatable. Because only about 2 percent of people grow up to be what they really wanted to be when they were kids, while the rest suffers slow agony of unsatisfied job force. However, this is not why I read fantasy books. I want a book that will make me want to keep going, to believe that things will turn out better. not a book that will make me stop and say "eh, what's the point anyway?".
5. The format. Is that a new thing to write script books? Because I don't dig it. Especially not in HP world. HP books require a lot of details, descriptions and background scenery. Confining a story into a script and presenting it as a finished book to the world is like wrapping a piece of fabric around yourself and calling it a dress. The old characters feel hollow, merely shells of their old selves, the new heroes of the story( Albus and Scorpius) don't feel like heroes at all because they have no story, no backbone, no chemistry, and to be honest they are quite bland.
6. The repetition. Repetition of exact quotes and scenes from old books in this book comprises at least 30 percent of the material. I can see The Cursed Child doing very well as another addition to the pottermore website, But becoming a whole book, I don't think that was necessary.
Now, all of this said, I am going back to re-reading The Deathly Hallows, and pretending that The Cursed Child never happened.