To be honest, I hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. It was so predictable and bland and just not a good plot in general. Having grown up loving the Harry Potter series, I was SUPER excited for this eighth story but oh boy was I let down.
The book is the story of Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, and his first year at Hogwarts. Before it was released, I made predictions about what I thought might happen in this book, just for fun, never expecting them to bear fruit, but low and behold, I guessed two of the biggest “plot twists” in the story. That should give you an idea of how uncreative the plot was… I’d never been able to correctly predict plot twists in the original series before. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot more books since then but I still think not even the most experienced reader should be able to predict a twist before even reading any part of the book.
Although I was devastated at having to say good-bye to my favourite characters at the end of Deathly Hallows, I was happy for them. The story was well-resolved and satisfying, which left me at rest. I don’t think J.K. should have written another story, it was highly unnecessary and ended up doing way more harm than good.
All in all, I’d give this book a 5.5/10 because it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read but it did tarnish my view of the HP universe quite a bit. I’ve heard that the actual Broadway play is very well presented though, so if I get a chance to see that someday, I’d be happy to get that different point of view on this story!