Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is riddled with problems. As impressive as the effects are when witnessing the live performance, the story is far below the standard of the other Harry Potter books.
There’s just no getting away from the fact The Cursed Child feels like fan fiction. From start to finish it’s littered with ludicrous story beats, some of which contradict the established rules of the Wizarding World.
What’s more, many of the returning characters behave in ways that go against the essence of their personalities. Sure, people change over time, but some of the character decisions in The Cursed Child simply don’t feel right.
This would be somewhat understandable if the play had been exclusively written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, but J.K. Rowling is also credited with writing the story. Given how much care Rowling took in crafting the narratives of her original novels, it’s odd that she allowed such a lacklustre plot to be brought to life.
Whilst The Cursed Child isn’t devoid of merit, even the most dedicated Harry Potter fans couldn’t resist rolling their eyes when they first read the script...