Harry Potter & The Cursed Child | JK Rowling

“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.” 

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Series: Harry Potter #8
Author: JK Rowling
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


I really loved it! I know that for some reason, this is an unpopular opinion.  Which I can understand. As a devoted Harry Potter fan, you had you’re hopes up and you wished this book would fulfill all your dreams. But it does not.

The Cursed Child should be treated as a stand alone. In order for you to really enjoy it, you need to forget its predecessor. Which can be hard. Which is why, I let this book wait in my shelf for a full year and a half before I read it.

I approached the world of Albus Severus Potter with a fresh mind. Zero Expectations. Limited research. Thus, I was greeted with a cheer and was left with a resounding bang. It was wonderful. Not great, mind you. But wonderful.

Many people might not have enjoyed it because of the medium by which it was produced. Plays and theatre, after all, are not for everyone. You need to have a certain mind set when approaching this style of writing. That includes, giving up something to gain something else in return.

To me, the whole thing felt like fan fiction. I understand that perhaps the concept of going back in time was to give us a chance to look into things that were left out of the original stories. To look behind the curtain and peek into the day when everyone’s lives have changed. Or perhaps, to reintroduce some of the fan favorites back to answer some recurring questions. But that doesn’t mean that it was soo good or soo bad. It is just what it is, fan fiction.

The Cursed Child, for those reasons, was very enjoyable for me. I know better than to recommend it for anyone. Because at the end of the day, we all manage to perceive things our own way. And this book needs to be viewed from a certain perspective.

BTW: Snape!!! Even though he was in the play for a fraction of it. He still managed to make me cry. I don’t know what it is or why, but Severus,you may ask, is my favorite, and after all this time?



Final Rating:

“Scorpious: A doe? Lily’s Patronus.
Snape: Strange, isn’t it? What comes from within.” 


What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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18 thoughts on “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child | JK Rowling”

  1. One of the things that annoys me about Cursed Child and set up high expectations is that it was marketed as the Eighth book. If it didn’t have that moniker, I wouldn’t dislike it as much. If it just said it was about the kids of our heroes without calling it the “Eighth,” it wouldn’t have had as far to fall from the hype. As you said, it would be easier to enjoy if it could be treated as a standalone, but the marketing team is at fault for making it part of the original series.

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    1. Yes, 100% agreed! I feel that this marketing strategy might’ve ultimately led to all the negative backlash that it got. Which would have never happened if they just didn’t. It’s nice to see that someone else out there shares my opinion!


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