The Cursed Child
I was hesitating over whether I should keep The Cursed Child to write about for my department's literary magazine, but honestly, I don't think I'm capable of expressing myself with anything more elaborate than ?!!?!!! when it comes to this book. With that in mind, I'm going to present the rest of my thoughts in bullet point form:
- I'll admit I read all the Cursed Child spoilers that came out when the play premiered in June. A read them, and then curiosity got the better of me, and now, I'm thankful that I gave in. I was dismayed in June, though a bit of me hoped all the spoilers were some elaborate joke, but the spoilers helped me to prepare for the book. They lowered my expectations to a low enough point that I was bound to be pleasantly surprised with whatever I read.
- "Pleasantly" surprised I was not. I mean after all, Voldemort Day and the Blood Ball were still things.
- Still, the book wasn't quite as bad as I expected it to be.
- But it was still terrible.
- I'm frustrated that people are comparing this to fanfic, as if that explains why the book is bad. It's an insult to fan fiction. Fic can be fantastic. I've read some wonderful Harry Potter fan fiction in my day.
- What the book is like is like mediocre crack fic that's being taken seriously. It isn't there to criticize the weak points of the fictional universe or the style. It's parody without a point. It's like fic written by an eight year old who doesn't know what crack fic is and is accidentally comically parodying the genre.*
- *I'd argue though that the "Voldemort comes back when Harry is middle-aged and happy" fic I wrote when I was eight was less cracky than this.
- Scorpius is actually a somewhat likable character and I'm all for the tweets I've seen arguing that he's autistic and bisexual. So much potential for representation, but of course, the book doesn't actually touch on either.
- Draco Malfoy and Godric's Hollow. My favorite thing about the book was Draco's ~"Look at those thatched roofs! and is that a farmers' market?" reaction to Harry's hometown. I am now imagining him as the Gwyneth Paltrow of the Potter world.
- A and I are seeing the play in October, and I already know that I am going to be drinking during the intermissions.