Everyone was excited for the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Released as a play on July 31, 2016 (Harry’s 36th birthday) and was released as a book the same day. It was not designed to be the 8th book in the Harry Potter series, but this did not stop fans from eagerly anticipating the book’s release on June. The response upon reading it, however, was rather negative. Thanks to @The Book Marauder I decided to do my own post about the Cursed Child but highlighting the reasons for the negative feedback, quite a while ago. The book seemed more like a fanfiction, and one where the author didn’t pay much attention to the original books. I’m making a habit of late posts sorry!
Cedric Diggory (1977-1995)
….a person who exemplified many of the qualities which distinguish Hufflepuff house, he was a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, he valued fair play.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
However, the writers decided to give Cedric a personality swap, caused by his public humiliation (technically sabotage but he didn’t know that). Imagine losing at the National Spelling Bee (and actually caring for those of you who don’t), then deciding to join a racist supremacist group because of it. That is not normal, even for Voldemort! What’s worse is that they threw his core values out the window for the sake of the plot. Due to their core values, Hufflepuffs have produced (to my knowledge) zero Death Eaters, yet they decided to make an exception for the most Hufflepuff of them all. Cedric died an honorable death and they just ruined it.
Professor Minerva McGonagall
This boss witch commands the respect of everybody who sees her, she was the mother figure in Gryffindor until she became Headmistress. The very embodiment of Gryffindor, she is the most formidable person alive in the Wizarding World including the Chosen One. The scriptwriters, thankfully, did not strip her completely of her formidable nature. Her own student, Harry Potter “The Boy Who Lived”, threatened her with the “might of the Ministry” if she did not agree to his terms. Granted, she cares very deeply for her students so you may say that she was not willing to sacrifice her student’s well-being to disagree with a wizard who has a screw loose. She also did make up for it by finding a loophole in Harry’s order, wouldn’t be the first time she defied the Ministry (cough cough Umbridge). Maybe they didn’t change her at all, but they did take away the amount of respect that Harry Potter has for Professor McGonagall, formidable or not.
New Additions: Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy
I got a bone to pick with whoever created these two characters, they are the main characters of the play, what in the world did you do to them? They wanted to emphasise that Scorpius Malfoy was a misfit but in they came out too strong. “My geekiness is a-quivering”? I’m not sure if it was for comedic effect or to be endearing, but I need someone to Obliviate me quick. Now onto Albus Severus Potter, the problem child. He decides to go on a self-proclaimed quest to save Cedric Diggory, this is very noble, his heart was in the right place. What wasn’t, was his head. Harry regrets Cedric’s death almost as much as Amos, and if he could he would’ve traded his life for Cedric’s. BUT ALBUS ignores this and decides that because his father won’t do anything (because he CAN’T), he’s going to risk the endangerment of all Wizard-kind. Thankfully it is saved by a teenager with his geekiness a-quivering.
With the new addition to the Harry Potter franchise, there were a lot of changes which might explain the widespread discontent. Our childhood heroes are now adults with different personalities and new characters who we are just meeting. This new addition wasn’t a curse, I actually enjoyed quite a bit of it but the parts above I just couldn’t ignore. The new personalities for the Golden Trio are different, but I guess they wanted them to grow up. I feel that if they spent a bit more time in making sure that fans would accept this to the Wizarding World, it would’ve gone on without a hitch (probably a few fangirls for Albus and Scorpius).
I’m not too comfortable with change, and it seems that not a lot of people were also. Share what you thought of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the comments down below. If you like the post like, and if you would like more (that I promise won’t be as judgy) subscribe!