A review by lily1304
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

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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