Let’s review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the “eigth” instalment in the Harry Potter series. This one however is a play written by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne and not J. K. Rowling.
So this book begins where the seventh Harry Potter left us, at King’s Cross Station, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Albus Severus Potter, second son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley is sorted into Slytherin with the friend he met on the Hogwarts Express, Scorpius Malfoy. Albus doesn’t get along well with his father who clearly prefers his first son James Sirius and his daughter Lily Luna.
In addition to the story, there are rumours that Scorpius, an adorable little boy, might be Voldemort’s (and Bellatrix’s) son. Draco has asked countless time Harry to counter the rumours as the latter works as the Head of the Auror Office in the Ministry for Magic, but Harry never did a thing.
Furthermore, a time-turner, of cheap quality, has been found in the possession of a former Death-Eater and Harry starts having nightmares about Voldemort and his scar hurts again.
To remedy his issues with his father, Albus, helped by Scorpius and Delphi (a girl older that them who takes care of Amos Diggory), wants to go back in time to save Cedric Diggory from being killed by Voldemort in the graveyard (end of book 4). But while they mess up with the Triwizard Tournament, reality is altered and Voldemort lives again.
I won’t tell you the end, but let’s just say that the story has holes and the characters don’t behave as they should. Personally, I didn’t like that book, the story is far-fetched. It is dangerous to mess with time, there are always some aspects that writers don’t think about while readers will fix on them. More importantly, who is the cursed child? Albus? Scorpius? Delphi? Albus could be the one beacuse he is Potter’s child and initiates the story, but Scorpius could very well be the cursed child because he is the one concerned by the nasty rumours and transcends the label people stuck to him. Then again Delphi could be the cursed one for being a certain person’s child and not achieving her full, however dark, potential. I think this was all confusing. Personally, I wish they hadn’t done it. My imagination was enough to continue the characters’ lives on its own.
I rated this book 2*/5.