Sunday, 10 July 2016

[Don't Mess With 7] My Concerns for Cursed Child

Disclaimer - This is from the perspective of someone who hasn't seen and won't be seeing the previews of Cursed Child. When I get my copy of the script book on 31st July, my opinions might change entirely, but for now, this how I feel. And for the sake of anyone who reads this poster - Please NO SPOILERS. #KeeptheSecrets.

Now, at the point where I've been a huge Harry Potter fan for five years, I'm every bit of a fangirl you would expect. When it comes to something in Harry Potter, old or new, I scream, I laugh, I cry. I love. So you would imagine that when the premise of Cursed Child was announced that I would be overjoyed. Apparently not.

J.K. Rowling's series is phenomenal, and an extraordinary series of literature; therefore we live with this idea of 'more must be better.' But what if more isn't better? What if more is worse?

I have a lot of issues with Cursed Child, which only seem to have cumulated since the original announcement of the play in September 2015, and truth be told, I'm scared. Scared is different to concerned. Scared is an entirely new level. Because I'm questioning the possibility that Cursed Child could ruin my love of the Harry Potter series. I've spent half a decade building my life around this series, and so the thought of that happening is terrifying.

Firstly, why a play? Why is it that Cursed Child has to be told in the format of a play? WHY? Personally, it feels like a cop out, and where Rowling could have published a full length novel with this plot, it instead is in a two part play, which will be released as a script.

Another great concern regards about how much character development readers will see. As Chris Rankin [Percy Weasley] observed in Episode 189 of the podcast Alohomora, one of the greatest aspects of the Harry Potter series is the extensive descriptions, back stories, and beautiful prose that runs vividly throughout the tapestry of its seven books. In a script book format, this cannot be established, and this is crucial when learning of the personalities of the second generation, new characters, and the now slightly more aged Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

I'm scared that this will ruin my love for Harry Potter. Because it could. It absolutely could. I'm scared that in not liking Cursed Child, even in hating Cursed Child, that it could ruin a love that has grown and grown and grown over the past five years. I don't want to loose something that has so much of me poured into, that has saved me from myself more than once. But I can't not read it.

I've always wanted more from the Potter world, more from the characters, and more about James, Albus, Rose, Hugo, and Lily. But not like this. I'd rather you gave me a full length, JKR novel, or instead just pieces of information via e.g Pottermore. I want to know what houses they're in, their personalities, their birthdays. Perhaps what would have been better would have been something within the 19 year gap between Flaw in the Plan and Nineteen Years Later. I just think the idea of all was well is about to come to an end, and I don't like that. Because who doesn't want Harry, Ron and Hermione to be happy?

Please let me know what you think. What do you think?


  1. Personally, I only regard what happens in the books as canon, just for my own sanity. With every new piece of work that was introduced, I kept getting more and more worried that the Harry Potter I love was going to turn into something that I wasn't such a fan of, until I finally decided to just stick with the Harry Potter that I know. While I'm interested with every new thing that comes out, I don't consider it a part of what I love, if that makes any sense.

    1. That makes perfect sense and I completely understand where you are coming from in that perspective. I, contrasting to you, take on every new piece of information, which is now proving complicated with some of the things that happen with Cursed Child. However, you've certainly made re-evaluate how I take on new details.
      Thanks for commenting


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