Authors: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Release Date: July 31, 2016
Duration: 343 pages
My Rating: 0/10
Overview: In the unnecessary "8th story" of the Wizarding World, Harry and Ginny's children are off to Hogwarts to begin their own magical training. However, Harry's son, Albus, proves to be a moody, immature brat and ruin the entire Harry Potter legacy with his irrational ideas.
Disclosure: I couldn't even bring myself to finish this piece of "literature", but I felt my thoughts needed to be published regardless.
What I loved: Malfoy's son, Scorpious, is literally the only redeeming quality of this story. He was by far my favorite character even within the 100 or so pages I could stomach.
What I didn't: Apart from The Half Blood Prince film adaptation, I have never been so disappointed about a Harry Potter movie or book, or any book for that matter. I was extremely skeptical to begin with when the announcement was made regarding The Cursed Child's creation, and I wish I would have trusted my gut and chose NOT to read it.
Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say the writing is abysmal. And yes, I understand theater is meant to be more dramatic, but I've read better fan fiction than what the authors were able to create with The Cursed Child. It didn't feel as though I was in Harry's world whatsoever.
Not to mention almost every single character was written out of character. I couldn't count if I tried the amount of times I thought to myself, 'No, Harry would never in a million years say that.' Or, 'Siriusly, that would never ever happen in the books!!!'
I caught several inconsistencies, such as underage wizards being able to use magic without getting caught, relationships mentioned that happened back in book 7 which never actually did, and so many more.
During one scene in particular, I was actually brought to tears. Not because of the story being so emotional, but because I genuinely thought the play was ruining the beautiful legacy J.K. had created with books 1 to 7.
I would rather have had Harry die in DH than have his story continued as it has in Cursed Child.
I do know the remaining spoilers of the story, most of which are absolutely ludicrous and make zero sense as logical events that would happen.
After the 100 or so pages I forced myself to read, I made the executive decision not to continue reading, and to try and block The Cursed Child out of my mind as fast as possible.
All in all, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lacked all of the magic which made the series so incredibly revered, loved and adored all over the world.
If you haven't read it already, I beg you to save yourself the anguish. I would do anything to get my hands on a time turner and get those precious minutes back in my life.