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Cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

author: John Tiffany (2016)
series: Harry Potter #8
date read: 2016-08-08
pages: 352
lists: fantasy , time-travel , stage-play
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜†

I’m very much not impressed by this bood.

While I enjoy reading plays, and I enjoy the Harry Potter universe, to me this book failed to capture the tone of the original works, provided a story consisting of plot-holes and cheap tricks, and then added inconsistencies - all in all it read like mediocre fanfiction (except for the format).

While the inconsistencies (brewing polyjuice to-go? Where is Teddy Lupin? Why are James and Lily out and about while fearing for their lives?) may sound nitpicky, they made suspension of disbelief that much harder. I liked some of the new characters, Scorpius in particular, but to my (very biased) eye and brain, there was a lot of queerbaiting going on, and that was just horribly disappointing. (Yay for consistent characterization of McGonagall, though.)

I also had an intense dislike for the time travelling. Not for breaking in-universe rules, but for being lazy, and old, and done over and over in better ways. The writers also seemed to have a weird focus on Cedric. What’s up with that?

And “Voldemort’s Daughter” sealed the “bad fanfiction” deal. Seriously.

Related books Books related to the whole series are linked at the first part of the series.