I'm not going to talk about the screenplay format of the book, and how this book would have been much better as a novel.
I'm not going to talk about thI'm not going to talk about the screenplay format of the book, and how this book would have been much better as a novel.
I'm not going to talk about the god-awful writing in this book (PSA - Jack Thorne wrote it, NOT J.K Rowling)
I AM, however going to to talk about the plot and the characterisation.
I didn't like The Cursed Child. I may go so far as to claim I hated it.
Where do I begin? Let's first list out the inconsistencies, shall we?
1. The first and most glaringly obvious one - Time Travel. Traveling through time in Harry's universe has always been mostly straightforward. It has been made abundantly clear in POA that while one CAN go back in time, there is absolutely NO WAY one can change the past. What has happened, has happened.
Consider the rescue of Sirius and Buckbeak. That, to me, is a beautiful execution of time travel in a book. Even though Harry and Hermione think they have changed things the second time around, by rescuing and freeing Buckbeak, they (and we) realise later, that nobody had actually seen Buckbeak being executed the first time. He was always meant to be rescued.
But HERE, they crap on that theory completely and go so far as to actually create separate timelines! And not just once! But over and over again!
2. WHAT THE EFF DID THEY DO TO MY PRECIOUS RON?! He was nothing but a bumbling unfunny buffoon in this book, for which I LOATHE Jack Thorne with a passion. That was unforgivable.
3. (view spoiler)[Do they seriously mean to tell me that Voldemort - who does not understand love and cares about no one and nothing but absolute power; who was not human enough to die after the attack on baby Harry failed; who is dismissive of his followers and punishes them horribly if they fail him - felt horny enough to bone Bellatrix and produce a child?! I CAN'T EVEN. (hide spoiler)]
4. The connection between Harry and Voldemort should have ended the second Voldy died. There is NO WAY Harry should still be able to speak Parseltongue or have his scar hurt. Stop it.
5. (view spoiler)[Harry and Co. should not have been able to see James and Lily's house when they go back in time. Dude. Fidelius Charm. Get your story right. (hide spoiler)]
6. (view spoiler)[Cedric became a Death-eater? Hermione is meaner than Snape to her students? And Ron -- wait, let's no go there. EVEN IF some events didn't occur, there is no reason for the characters to fundamentally change to that degree. (hide spoiler)]
7. The eff-ing Trolley Witch! JUST WHAT IN THE NAME OF MERLIN'S PANTS WAS THAT SHIT?!
8. How is McGonagall still Headmistress? Wasn't it confirmed somewhere that she retired before the Epilogue?
The only thing I did moderately enjoy was Scorpius. It was nice to see a Malfoy who was all sunshine and Unicorn pooping rainbows :)
But the thing that pissed me off the most, was not the shoddy writing, not the shitty plot, but the fact the JKR approved this. She read through it, didn't change/correct the mistakes, gave it her blessing and then went ahead to claim that all this shit is canon. I'm just so so disappointed, I have no words.
As far as I'm concerned, Cursed Child is not and will never be canon. This will never be considered a part of the series. And if I ever re-read this in the future, I'm going to pretend that these are different characters who share the same names.
Even though it physically pains me to give a HP book anything less than 5 stars, this utterly unnecessary "sequel" gets only 2 stars from me....more