The Lack of Logic in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.

Emily Xiao, writer

Most people who have read the Harry Potter series, and liked it, have also heard of the eighth book/script, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Since I have had the misfortune of reading it, I shall be reviewing it for potential consumers.

Some people dislike spoilers. I will not be “ruining” this book for you, however, just… warning you away from it. The main characters of this book are Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Something Malfoy. The setting is in Wizarding Britain, and the year is 2017 (or later, this book takes place over multiple years). Albus is the average rebellious child, and Scorpius is his tag-along quiet friend.

The characters in this story are not very logical. Rose Granger-Weasley, for example, is immensely egotistic, and to be frank, resembles a first-year Draco Malfoy in attitude. She annoys me. The adults are quite incompetent, and aren’t in character either. Ron is reduced to an unfunny individual, Hermione lost brain cells as she aged up, and Harry Potter himself is rather dumb in the head. Ginny Weasley lost her original, fiery, and interesting character, and is replaced with the complacent and selectively blind mother. I don’t really care too much for the previous main characters, however, since this story is supposed to move past them.

Characters are very one-sided and seem to decide based on what is convenient for the plot. Delphi was just the average “twist villain” that makes no sense when you actually look closer (her living situations suggest the IRS is coming for her). The existence of Delphi doesn’t even make sense! I will not spell it out for you; if you are unable to see why then I believe you would love this script. Cedric Diggory decides to un-Hufflepuff. Everyone has little to no logical reasoning skills.

Unfortunately, it is what it is and no matter how many Theodore Notts are thrown at the plot, it will not get any better. Everything is almost as nonsensical as a dream. No matter how many times I read the last two acts, nothing made sense. I would not suggest reading this script (or book, if you’re a supporter) at all. Be warned, be aware, and most importantly, do not buy until you look at the reviews.