li_wvked's review

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adventurous dark lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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lily1304's review

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I liked the Cursed Child more than I expected to. It isn't, like, stellar, but it's worth reading. There's a little too much talking and not enough action or room for interpretation - but it's a play script, so I guess it has to be dialogue-heavy. I don't find Harry and Draco's friendship super believable. There's a lot of heterosexual "nagging wife" humor between Ron & Hermione and Harry & Ginny. There's not enough time to really get invested in Albus and Scorpious' friendship. I'm not sure who the target audience is because we spend a lot of time with the two boys and I saw the plot twist coming a mile away, BUT we also
Spoilersee and hear multiple people be murdered.
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But, that's also the case for the Goblet of Fire, which the Cursed Child draws heavily from - it's a kids' adventure, until it absolutely isn't. There is some interesting reflection on who Harry, Draco, and Ginny become as adults and how they grapple with the trauma they experienced - and how they pass it onto their children.

Also fuck TERFs like J.K. Rowling. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are obviously all trans.

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izzettl's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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alisazhup's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

SO. I agree that this read like fanfiction (who said that's a bad thing??? I love fanfiction), that the OG characters were somewhat unlike themselves, and that there were plot holes, but dang it. I, a huge Harry Potter fan, was immersed in the plot, came close to crying in multiple parts, and am happy to consider this canon.
Spoiler I mean, the scene where Harry finally addresses the ways Dumbledore hurt him as a child? Snape getting to choose in advance between life and death, and still choosing sacrifice? I'm happy to know this information. It makes the original books more meaningful to me.


Objectively, was it bad? Pretty much. But if you treat this like a book that was written a long time after the ending of a series, then it has the potential to be enjoyed.

(Plus, I borrowed this book from the library so J.K. Rowling did not receive any of my money)

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