Discussion – Do You Consider The Cursed Child Canon?

Welcome to another post in my Harry Potter themed monthly series! July always puts me in the mood for Harry Potter because it is J. K. Rowling and Harry’s birthday this month. Also, the 20th year celebrations that took place recently have given me plenty of reason to take a trip down memory lane. Today I’m opening up a discussion on one of the most controversial topics for fans of the series – Do you think Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is canonical? Sure, it is listed as the 8th book in the series and marketed as canon, but opinions on it differ greatly.

Note: This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

HP Cursed Child

Personally, I like to pretend this book doesn’t exist. I haven’t watched the play, but many have praised it and it has won several awards. I think I’d have liked it better if it had remained only a play. I didn’t need it as an addition to my beloved seven-book Harry Potter series.

Here’s why:

1. It is a script

One of the main reasons I loved Harry Potter was Rowling’s writing style. The series works great in prose. The script style in this one is not only out of place, but changes things up completely. I had to totally reorient my brain to follow along with the script. The dialogue felt weird, the jumps in time were unsettling and it’s obviously better to see a play rather than read it.

2. It follows a different main character

Although the title goes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the protagonist is Albus Potter. I went into this book with no prior information whatsoever and was annoyed that the title is severely misleading. It does not follow Harry, although he plays a big part. It’s not a continuation of the series, but more of a companion book.

3. The plot doesn’t work with the original series

While I adjusted my brain to enjoy a story about Albus and his struggles in the script format, I did not expect it to feature time travel again. Rowling was so uncomfortable with the possible loopholes the idea presented that she made sure all time turners were destroyed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The joke was on me though. The authors decided to bring that messy plot device back so that Albus could try and “fix” the original story. Probably because they thought Cedric was too pretty to die and Harry made a “mistake” letting him die. It just didn’t make sense to me.

4. The characterisation was off

Harry, Hermione and Ron all behaved so differently that I wasn’t sure if they were the same people that I followed through the seven books. I get that people change as they enter adulthood. I’m an adult now and I’ve matured a lot since when I was a teenager. But there are still things I’ve retained that were my strengths even during my teens. I’m still “me”. These characters were not. They had changed completely as adults and I wasn’t happy or convinced. I don’t think I could ever imagine a scenario where Harry would shout at Professor McGonagall, but I was forced to in this book.

5. It reads like bad fanficiton

“What would we get if Voldemort and Bellatrix had a kid?” A poorly written plot is what. I wasn’t ready to believe that. Both Voldemort and Bellatrix die in the Battle of Hogwarts. When did they even get together and actually have a daughter? It makes me deeply uncomfortable to imagine Voldemort with anyone, especially Bellatrix, who already had a husband, as I recall. It opens up myriad plot holes in The Deathly Hallows and that book was so satisfying that I’d rather imagine Cursed Child didn’t happen than question the events in it. Also, the plot was weird and some bits of it were fan-service-y. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

These are the main reasons I don’t want to consider Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be canon. I also believe that Rowling had very little to do with the actual plot and just gave the rights to publish this book. Perhaps the play is great but it wasn’t necessary to make its script the eighth book in the series. At least, I don’t see it that way. There’s little I can do about it anyway, but it feels satisfying to express my opinion is all.

What do you think? Did you perhaps enjoy the book? Were you completely in line with the direction of the plot and the handling of the characters? Do you, like me, think it is more along the lines of fanfiction? I’d love to know what your views on this topic are in the comments section below. If you’re a fan, do check back on Saturdays for more Harry Potter themed posts. Have a happy weekend, folks! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Discussion – Do You Consider The Cursed Child Canon?

  1. I totally agree with you here. The Golden Trio were no longer shining and wonderful. The plot was so messy and it seemed the writers wrote them self into a corner and used one stupid annoying things to get themselves back out. It was totally unnecessary, so poorly written and just better left out of the HP series. The only bit I liked was the cover the rest was foreign and not at all magical like HP.

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    1. Haha, the cover appeals to me as well and it was my favourite part of the book! 😁 I’m glad you agree, Mahriya. There are mixed reviews on this and I just wanted to know I’m not alone.
      I’ve heard wonderful things about the play though. I really like the idea of Hermione being a person of colour. It’s won a bunch of awards, so maybe it’s better in the theatre. 🙂


      1. I was going to see the play. The second chance at tickets came and then…welll they sold out too quiclkly. I waited for a 3rd chance but that was going to be for 2018 and my patience wore thin SO I just abandones the whole idea of going to see it.

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  3. I actually am avoiding this book LIKE THE PLAGUE. I have heard people loved the actual play but I am just #NO. It’s not the original???? SO WHYYYYYY. It’s basically fanfiction and I’m not a huge fan of that haha. Also I have heard several people say that the characters feel off or unrealistic and that would bug me to no end.
    ALSO I don’t care about another main character hahaha I WANT TO READ ABOUT HARRY TRYING NOT TO BE KILLED BY VOLDEMORT OKAY.
    Thank you for confirming all of my fears about this book! I shall go on avoiding it.

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    1. Yup, those are all valid reasons not to get into this book. I’m glad you’re avoiding it. I got caught up in the hype and I didn’t like it. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who liked the Harry-Voldemort dynamic. It seems far-fetched that Harry’s son and Voldemort’s daughter (EWWW, BTW) are again facing off. 😐

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