Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Well, I got my hands on the book just a short few days ago. I started reading it and managed to get through two or three acts before just stopping. To be honest, I just couldn’t bring myself to continue reading. Normally, I always get into the books (HP books) within the first one or two pages, but this time, I was just bored. It just didn’t feel like Harry Potter anymore. And it had nothing to do with the play script format it is written in. I guess it’s just the fact that I never acknowledged the epilogue.
I consider Ginny to be a whore and I don’t like her. I can’t say I like Harry himself that much either, at least in canon. I rather like him in all those fanfics I’ve read. But that is mainly because those fics have slash pairings.
I don’t hate the books because they have heterosexual pairings, I don’t hate the books at all, well, no, I don’t hate them, but I don’t really like book number 6. My favorite has always been book three and now we’re getting off topic.
So, back to the Cursed child. I’d rather not spoil much of the book, but there are two points that just make me hate the book even more and make me glad that I did not finish reading it. How do I know these two things? Well, for those of you who don’t feel like reading the book, there is a condensed version on wikipedia. Well, I say condensed version, but it’s really just a lengthy summary. But it has all the main points and after reading that I really don’t have any need to read the actual book.
Spoiler alert now. I mean it, I will be now mentioning things that happen in the book.
The first thing about the book that really didn’t sit well with me is the fact that Voldemort had a daughter. With Bellatrix. Come on! Can it get any crazier than that? Add in the fact that I just can’t imagine Voldemort having sex with a woman? And Dark lord or no dark lord, do you really think Rodolphus would have had given Bella such a long leash? I don’t.
Another point is time travel. During most of the book, the new generation, mainly Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy travel back and forth in time to change things only to have it backfire on them over and over again. The whole thing about the ministry of magic squirreling away a time turner and having it hidden somewhere all this time is one thing. But the fact that the Malfoys had another one is really bogus. I don’t buy it. It’s the Malfoys we’re talking about. Do you really thing they wouldn’t use it for their gain? And if they had it all this time, I just can’t imagine Voldemort not finding about it…
Don’t get me wrong, I like stories that have multiple timelines and interlock past present and future, but they have to be done right! One fine example would be Circle of Magic: Danger in the Palace from Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Another fine example would be in movies. Look at X-men: Days of future past or the Alice through the looking glass movie. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s time travel pales when compared with the before mentioned examples. Yes, the book I mentioned might not be really well known, but the time travel is done RIGHT in there!
Damn it! I’ve seen fanfictions written better than the Cursed Child book! It might be because Rowling co-wrote it with two more people or simply because she lost her edge, but I would definitely not recommend reading this eighth book. But if you absolutely have to know what happens in it, I suggest the summary on wiki. It tells you everything you need to know and saves you time and money.
There. Now you can bite my head of. But even if you do, it won’t change my opinion on the matter, which to sum it up in just a few words is this: Ginny is a whore and Voldemort should have won.