After finishing The Cursed Child I couldn't help reading enormous quantities of Harry Potter fan-fiction - fellow Potterheads know that the want for Harry Potter is insatiable-. While surfing Reddit I found a short story by user AtlasNoseItch, based on a prompt that said "Harry Potter is sitting at home sixty years after the battle of Hogwarts, an old man now, when suddenly his scar hurts". I found this story so moving that I asked the author if I could share it in the blog. Here it is!*
(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book NO SPOILERS REVIEW)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Special Rehearsal Edition Script is the name of the so-called eighth Harry Potter story.
But I wish they hadn't marketed it that way.
I've been a Harry Potter fan since I was eleven and when they announced that the mysterious new play would be accessible to anyone in form of script, I was so happy I could have produced a corporeal Patronus.
I got the script book the day it came out and read it with an open mind, aware that this was not going to have the quality of a full novel. But even though I lowered my expectations, this story still failed to meet them.
Because, again, they sell it like it was the next Harry Potter book in the series. It seems like they weren't aware of how excited fans of all ages would get. And that's what made The Cursed Child a disappoinment, even if an enjoyable one.
I did my waiting, nine years of it
in Azkaban. And I was ready to read a new exciting adventure, short but with heart. Instead I got what felt like a Harry Potter Christmas Special. Have you seen those episodes in your favorite series? They're so fun to watch, even if most of the time they don't make sense. The tone is always different and the characters are almost caricatures of themselves, but you still enjoy them because you get to revisit a universe you love. And it's easy to have a laugh if you don't take them seriously. That's what The Cursed Child was for me.