Just a fan fiction

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did not deliver everything that was expected


Austin Graham

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was okay, but no more than a fan-fiction.

by Amanda Nguyen, Staff Writer

After finishing The Deathly Hallows, I wondered what would be next for Hermione, Ron and Harry. When I heard there would be a new story coming out based off the Harry Potter series, I was ecstatic! I kept trying to imagine what it might be about and who would be the new antagonist since Voldemort was supposedly killed in The Deathly Hallows.

I remember reading all the Harry Potter books’ throughout my childhood. My imagination was stretched so far and so wide, that I too wished I could be a wizard. I got hooked on the idea that there could be a whole other world out there with magic, muggles and of course chocolate frogs.

I pre-ordered the book two weeks before it was released, and started reading right away. I loved how Jack Thorne[the author] started the book where it left off in The Deathly Hallows. From reading the book, I found that it wasn’t really a continuum of the Harry Potter series, but more of a ‘fan-fiction’ type book. It seems as though it was only created to bring it back for the fans and not to continue Harry’s story. Yes, Harry dodges through the hardships of trying to be a good father to his children, and still carry the burdened nickname he’s had all his life. He witnesses what it’s like to be in other people’s shoes and feels guilty of putting his fame onto his children, but soon realizes what it feels like to be a young wizard again.

I loved that the book was written in script form, and how the novel focused on friendship and real life relationships. I was expecting the story to have more life to it and to end with the feeling of excitement and hopes for another book to come out soon after. I think Thorne could’ve included Harry’s oldest son, James, in the book more. He also could have elaborated more on why certain things happened. For example, in the beginning when it talks about Draco’s wife dying, the book never really said how she died or why it was important.

I will always be a fan of all of the Harry Potter books, and I will continue to reread and relive the magic in each story. However, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child disappointed me and did not fulfill the expectations that I, and a lot of other fans had.