Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One & Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne
Published July 2016, Read August 2016
Rating: ♥♥♥ (of 5)
Honestly? I’ve read better fan fiction and the whole thing reads like a mediocre fanfic. It’s nice to be back in the world and I appreciate a few emotional loose ends they tie up for Harry, but perhaps it’s the format with its lack of details, or maybe it’s the introduction of characters that have absolutely no foundation in the original 7 books–either way, I can’t give this more than 3 stars, and it only gets that because of my deep and abounding love for Harry Potter and all he’s taught me through my life
I know I’m not the only one who feels this book brought up some seriously problematic themes. A child of Lord Voldemort? By Bellatrix Lestrange? What? Not only is it improbable, but it also raises the question of Voldemort’s exercise of power. Could Bellatrix consent to such a thing? Wouldn’t having a child have changed her? Driven her to protect the child? Or was she as inhuman as Voldemort supposedly was? Did Voldemort also exercise sexual coercion with his other followers? Victims? These questions need answering, not just for the sake of a cohesive story, but for moral posterity. We cannot simply accept the existence of some kind of love child between these two without asking about the implications, especially as it relates to sexual violence.
Overall, I struggle to find anything good to say about this book. Perhaps performed there is a resonance missing in the script, but I doubt it.