Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play script, the sequel to the seven-book magical series written by author J.K. Rowling and I must say that it brought magic, albeit to a lesser extent, back to the readers as we read through it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play that is currently shown in London with no details yet as to whether it will be shown to other countries. The only way to know the story is to read the script released recently, which I am sure many fans are thankful for.

People might be asking ‘why was the magic a lesser extent?’ It’s not because Harry Potter is not the main protagonist although believe me, if not for Harry, there won’t be too much of a story. No, it’s because the story is too fast paced, and there are a few questionable elements in the story.

I do undertand the time limits of a play, which we should not forget the scriot is written for, so it is understandable.

However, the adventures of Albus Severus Potter (yes, he is the main character but not the titular) (Ooohhh spoiler alert!) And Scorpius Malfoy far exceeds the adventures of his father.

The story delves deeper into the lives of well loved characters of the Harry Potter universe and then some, although other characters are not much explored. And although the story is great, there are several instances when the story is out of continuity. That is there are parts of the story that does not follow certain parts of the series.

Truth be told, though the story delves deeper into some of the characters, the story itself is a bit shallow.

Spoilers!

For one thing, the story is driven by a too obvious, too clichéd reason: Albus, or Al as he is called, felt inferior from his dad that he decides to prove himself. He felt that being the son of the great and famous Harry Potter, he should be great as well. Eventually that inferiority complex diminishes to hatred and anger for being the son of Harry that he decides to defy all things and take on a task that endangers his very existence.

Amos Diggory also returns here, seeking from Harry what was forcibly taken from him. Won’t tell you anymore, but it involves a contest.

Although I must say that young Scorpius is as much of the star as Al for being suspected of being someone he is not which angers his father, Draco. This is actually as deep as it can get aside from the inconsistency I’ll be mentioning later on.

Now for the inconsistencies

Now for the deepest part of the story, apparently, Lord Voldemort fathered a child. I will not say who, or who the mother is but for me, it is inconsistent from the main series.

First of, how was he able to father a child with the woman when he is not capable of love? You might say that fathering a child does not have to involve love but I don’t remember reading something about having a family, or even any signs thst he fathered or wanted to father a child. And come on, this is Harry Potter. It cannot not involve love.

Second, based on the story, the child was born just before the Battle at Hogwarts. Kind of impossible to father a child while looking for your mortal enemy throughout the year, invading the government, killing people, looking for the elder wand, and killing more people. I mean, his mind is too occupied to think or to engage in an activity that will let him father a child.

Third, the mother. There were no signs or any implications that she might be pregnant throughout the year. There sre no signs that she and Voldemort has any kind of deeper relatonship other than what they already have, except maybe in two instances near the end, and I didn’t see any hints of Voldemort showing that he has feelings for said woman other than what was said above.

So yeah, it’s kinda imoossible for Voldy to father a child unless he uses a time turner which were all destroyed in Harry’s fifth year.

End of spoilers

And yet, even with these, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child still draws you in, works a spell or two on you, and you enjoy it. What more if you can watch it, right?

I do recommend reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since it’s a kind of prequel to the main series. I mean, who wouldn’t want to know what became of the Boy Who Lived?

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