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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany
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"How many people have died for the Boy Who Lived?”


Cynical Natalie: Beware ye who enter. Here there be spoilers the size of Aragog.

Nice Natalie: What are you, narrating a movie? Don't scare them. All major spoilers are hidden, but really, we recommend going into The Cursed Child blind. Drop by after you finish!



Cynical Natalie: Alright, let's get down to it. What the flip did we just read?

Nice Natalie: A lovely story about family and threads we didn't know needed to be tied up, but made perfect sense when we read it. I always thought Harry was a little too caviler after the Battle of Hogwarts finished. We finally get to see the guilt-ridden PTSD part.

Cynical Natalie: Stop dancing around the question like One Direction asked about Zayn's departure. You know what I'm talking about. (view spoiler) The brainchild of fanfiction writers.

Nice Natalie: I admit it was a weak plot element, but I liked the parallel. The Cursed Child is ultimately about family and Harry connecting with his son. (view spoiler)

Cynical Natalie: Hooray for literature class. But that element is so full of plot holes, logic runs clean through. (view spoiler)

Nice Natalie: Can't you focus on the good for once? What about the trick Albus and Scorpius used to send for help? That's old-school Rowling at her best, disguising useful plot objects as the mundane in the beginning and then whipping them out like a boss further down the line.

Cynical Natalie: Because there's too much bad to focus on the good! Like why is Albus such a fucking idiot? (Those who want to go in the Cursed Child completely blind might want to avert your eyes) Why would he attempt to go back in time and save Cedric? Screwing with time is a bad idea, especially during a period so entwined with Voldemort's existence.



Nice Natalie: I've had a lot of time to think about that. Remember that interview with Rowling? She said she deliberately smashed all the Time-Turners in Order of the Phoenix, so characters couldn't go back and mess with her plotlines. At the same time, she had Hermione drill into Harry and Ron—and by extension, us—that fiddling with the past was a bad idea.

Albus missed that lesson. He doesn't know the dangers of playing with time. When he made that decision, he was extremely angry with his dad and got a bit reckless. Like father, like son. Harry used to do reckless stuff when he was mad too, like diving into Snape's thoughts or going off to find Marvolo's ring.

I think if it were in book format, we would've gotten a deeper insight into Albus's thought process and rationalized his behavior, like we always did with Harry's.

Cynical Natalie: You're so far up Harry's ass, you can't even see straight.



The Cursed Child kinda makes me hate Harry. He abused his authority and position. Teenager Harry would've hated him.

Nice Natalie: He never claimed to be perfect. And that moment you're talking about was after Albus and Scorpius went dickering around in the past. It had to have caused ripples in his personality.

Cynical Natalie: While we're talking about the first altered timeline, I can't believe my intelligent, level-headed Hermione turned into a bitter spinster just because she and Ron didn't get married.

Nice Natalie: I didn't read it like that. I read it as a Ron/Hermione moment. She needs Ron's humor to balance out her stuffy side and Ron needs someone who will understand him on Hermione's level.

Cynical Natalie: Oh, I didn't realize Ron mattered anymore. Because he's clearly been downgraded to the comic relief character.

One of the main themes of the original series was to show Ron was more than a sidekick. He was his own person, brave and loyal, and deserves to stand in the light instead of the shadows of his friends.

Nice Natalie: Again, I read it as far more positive. Ron isn't the insecure teenager he was anymore. He has nothing to prove, not to himself, not to anyone else. He's comfortable on the sidelines. After all, according to Rowling, this is the guy who resigned from his job as an Auror to run a joke shop.

His role during the climax was beautiful. (view spoiler)

Cynical Natalie: There are still a lot of inconsistencies. Why is McGonagall the headmaster? Rowling said she "getting on a bit" in an interview and Hogwarts got a new headmaster after the Battle.

Nice Natalie: She probably didn't want so many new characters. That's partially why Luna, Teddy Lupin, and most of the Weasleys didn't show up. Let it go, will you? It's a tiny thing.



Cynical Natalie: Fine. What about—to quote the fine folks over on Twitter—the gay panic with Albus and Scorpius?



We're not the kind of people read homoerotic subtext in everything. We didn't see it with Naruto/Sasuke and we don't see it with Dean and Castiel from Supernatural. It's not until others pointed it out that we saw potential signs. But the sexual tension between Albus and Scorpius was off the charts. I was shipping them from day one. And the shit Rowling has them say... My God.





Snape's famous declaration and "They belong together"—Right, absolutely platonic.

Nice Natalie: Rowling probably wanted to go for a Lily/James parallel with Rose and Scorpius. You can't please all the shippers.

Beside, like you can hate anything that has to do with Harry Potter.

Cynical Natalie: ...

Nice Natalie: Right?

Cynical Natalie: ...I hate you.

Nice Natalie: But you don't hate Harry.



Cynical Natalie: This is a sentimental rating, not a logical one.

Nice Natalie: We read on emotion, darling.

Cynical Natalie: Fuck off.


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Quotes Natalie Liked

J.K. Rowling
“It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Jack Thorne
“We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“Bravery doesn’t forgive stupidity. Always think. Think what’s possible.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jack Thorne
“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jack Thorne
“Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jack Thorne
“In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jack Thorne
“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Jack Thorne
“GINNY: After I came out of hospital — everyone ignored me, shut me out — other than, that is, the boy who had everything — who came across the Gryffindor common room and challenged me to a game of Exploding Snap. People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are — have always been — heroic in really quiet ways. My point is — after this is over, just remember if you could that sometimes people — but particularly children — just want someone to play Exploding Snap with.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two


Reading Progress

February 10, 2016 – Shelved
February 10, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 31, 2016 – Started Reading
July 31, 2016 –
0.0% ""
July 31, 2016 –
4.0% "OH MY GOD I AM SHIPPING ALBUS AND SCORPIUS."
July 31, 2016 – Shelved as: derp-moments
July 31, 2016 – Shelved as: fearless-protagonists
July 31, 2016 – Shelved as: kick-ass-heroines
July 31, 2016 – Shelved as: not-as-good-as-i-expected
July 31, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2016 – Shelved as: bubbling-under-5-stars

Comments Showing 1-50 of 53 (53 new)


message 1: by Tobias (new)

Tobias Gavran Prepare for a flow of money like you've never seen before.


message 2: by Jackie (new)

Jackie It apparently only has 32 pages.


message 3: by Simon (new) - added it

Simon  Says im done
life is worth living


Natalie Monroe Only 32 pages? The play can't be that short...


message 5: by Shwey (new) - added it

Shwey Has 32O pages, actually. :D
I hope this book is amazing. I really don't want this to be bland.


Natalie Monroe Astoria wrote: "Has 32O pages, actually. :D
I hope this book is amazing. I really don't want this to be bland."


That's more like it! And me too. I have sky high hopes.


Tova Even if it's not as good as the orginals I know I'm going to love it. Harry Potter was my childhood. I can't rated it anything less.


message 8: by Katerina (new) - added it

Katerina Kondrenko Oh, I missed C&N Natalie))


Madeline It has three hundred twenty-five pages


Meagan Hicks Whoo! Glad to know I'm not the only one that had some reservations upon reading it!


Sayali Same here @Natalie -"I can forgive a lot when it comes to The Boy Who Lived".I mean it's HARRY POTTER


message 12: by George (new) - added it

George Jankovic I loved it. It felt great to be back to the HP world and to "see" them all again.


Samantha Oehley A little fan fiction-y? No? Without spoiling, one new character made my eyes roll so hard they almost fell out.


Natalie Monroe @Tova It definitely plays on nostalgia. A little disappointed Luna didn't show. :P

@Katerina Cynical Natalie is secretly pleased to hear that. She'll deny it, of course. ;)

@Madeline Yeah, those comments were from before it came out. :)

@Meagan & Sayali In the interest of being fair, I'll list problems I spotted. But I can't rate it lower. It's Harry Potter!

@George It was! I really hope the production does a world tour. It's certainly popular enough.

@Samantha (view spoiler)


Sarika ehehe yes--I think it was smart to play so much on our nostalgia though because it revisits a lot of fray ends..this review explains it better I think

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 16: by Aentee (new)

Aentee Pretty much me. I am incapable of being critical when it comes to HARRY POTTER OMFG. I loved it.


Avani literally same @ your review


Natalie Monroe @Sarika I agree with your review—it's a "what-if" scenario.

@Aentee Wasn't it fantastic?

@Avani I am incapable of thinking straight when it comes to HP.


message 19: by Ally (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ally THE WHOLE VOLDEMORT AND BELLATRIX CHILD THING *head explodes* it was so ridiculous and I couldn't even bare to touch it in my review. I kept going up to my sis and whispering Voldemort banged Bellatrix and then gagging. Plus yes, it seems she had an invisible pregnancy. Although a quick trip to one of them true life TV channels will reassure you that his apparently happens all the time *rolls eyes* AKA I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. Or maybe it's just me that watches too much crappy reality TV LOL!!


Natalie Monroe Ally wrote: "THE WHOLE VOLDEMORT AND BELLATRIX CHILD THING *head explodes* it was so ridiculous and I couldn't even bare to touch it in my review. I kept going up to my sis and whispering Voldemort banged Bella..."

Mark your spoilers, please. :D

(view spoiler)


message 21: by Orangeflo (new) - added it

Orangeflo Oh my gosh, this was exactly how my brain processed this book, from the first line to the last. only written A LOT BETTER than I could ever have done. Thank you


Natalie Monroe Orangeflo wrote: "Oh my gosh, this was exactly how my brain processed this book, from the first line to the last. only written A LOT BETTER than I could ever have done. Thank you"

<3


bookthiefj I enjoyed this review more the book


Nikita the bookworm YES you said everything I thought!


message 25: by Leah (new) - rated it 4 stars

Leah Alvord Yup, I no longer have to write a review of my own. This covers it all.

(view spoiler)


Natalie Monroe Thanks, everyone! And Leah, that is a fantastic theory. Completely agree.


message 27: by Ryan (new) - rated it 1 star

Ryan I agree with everything! Absolutely fantastic review!


Natalie Monroe Ryan (The High-functioning Fangirl) wrote: "I agree with everything! Absolutely fantastic review!"

I'm glad you like it!


Natalie Monroe Empress_Of_Books wrote: "Your reviews are awesome. Me love."

Thank you!


Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* Great review, Natalie!


message 31: by Ravi (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ravi Babu "You are so far up Harry's ass. You can't even see straight."

You are a true fan lady! :)


Natalie Monroe @Ashley Thanks, sweetie!

@Ravi I am absolute Harry Potter trash. :P


christine. This, this exactly! Our reviews are pretty much sisters. :)


Natalie Monroe christine. wrote: "This, this exactly! Our reviews are pretty much sisters. :)"

*checks it out immediately*


message 35: by Tova (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tova I love these types of reviews.


Natalie Monroe Tova wrote: "I love these types of reviews."

You guys are the reason I keep writing them. :)


message 37: by Shelby (new) - added it

Shelby Suderman Agree with a lot of points here, but I don't care what anyone says (view spoiler) was fantastic.


Natalie Monroe Shelby wrote: "Agree with a lot of points here, but I don't care what anyone says [spoilers removed] was fantastic."

That scene was magnificent. Nothing on when McGonagall took her on though. XD


message 39: by Nərmin (new)

Nərmin I love C&N Natalie reviews.))


Natalie Monroe Nərmin wrote: "I love C&N Natalie reviews.))"

I'm glad! <3


message 41: by Ana (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ana Loved the review. I personally love the Cursed Child, I went to the book only knowing it was a play, so i already expected it to be different and i like reading plays actually. So the script worked for me and i loved it 'cause i went in it already expecting it to be a diferent story than the book series
Sorry if bad writing and bad english, not main language


Natalie Monroe Ana wrote: "Loved the review. I personally love the Cursed Child, I went to the book only knowing it was a play, so i already expected it to be different and i like reading plays actually. So the script worked..."

Yeah, it reads better if you don't consider it as canon.


message 43: by Ana (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ana Natalie wrote: "Ana wrote: "Loved the review. I personally love the Cursed Child, I went to the book only knowing it was a play, so i already expected it to be different and i like reading plays actually. So the s..."

Exactly! And I think that's the way we really have to read it to actually enjoy it


Claire (Clairby11xxx) I love this review, it was exactly the internal discussion I was having in my head too!!!


Natalie Monroe Claire wrote: "I love this review, it was exactly the internal discussion I was having in my head too!!!"

High five for dysfunctional brains!


message 46: by Mizuki (new) - added it

Mizuki We didn't see it with Naruto/Sasuke

Honestly you didn't see it? LOL


message 47: by Natalie (last edited Nov 22, 2016 12:08AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Natalie Monroe Mizuki wrote: "We didn't see it with Naruto/Sasuke

Honestly you didn't see it? LOL"


I suffer from a pretty hetero perspective hahaha. I'm trying to change.


message 48: by Mizuki (new) - added it

Mizuki Natalie wrote: "Mizuki wrote: "We didn't see it with Naruto/Sasuke

Honestly you didn't see it? LOL"

I suffer from a pretty hetero perspective hahaha. I'm trying to change."


I don't see LGBT relationship in every book/manga I read, but Naruto/Sasuke is one of those really obvious pairings. LOL


message 49: by Eliot (new) - rated it 1 star

Eliot Ha, this is probably the best review I've seen for this book. I'm pretty much opposite you (my emotions about it made me give it a lower rating than I can justify based on pure rational discussion), but still, good job.


Natalie Monroe Eliot wrote: "Ha, this is probably the best review I've seen for this book. I'm pretty much opposite you (my emotions about it made me give it a lower rating than I can justify based on pure rational discussion)..."

*takes a bow*


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