Yesterday rumours spread that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be turned into a new trilogy. They even spoke to Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson about them reprising their roles. The whole world was excited about this fantastic news on a terrible day. Then J.K Rowling logged onto twitter to help everybody out of this dream. The Cursed Child would not be turned into a film (yet), so we could all stop spreading the rumours. Despite the fact that I am a massive Potterhead, I was relieved when I heard that the Cursed Child wasn’t going to come to theatres any time soon and there are several reasons why.
Though I haven’t seen the play, the moment I could get my hands on the book I read it. I was very curious about what it was about. I had read some spoilers already because of this curiosity, but I was not too happy about what I read. Still I was filled with trust and thought that perhaps the script would convince me of its greatness. Oh how wrong I was. A while ago, I wrote a long review about the script and I will not torture myself by thinking too much about it again.
Basically, there was nothing that even remotely made me consider this story canon. Harry had become a douche. Ron was a clown. The Trolley Lady channelled her inner Edward Scissorhands. (Spoiler) Did I mention that Voldemort had a child wth Bellatrix. Voldemort had sex. With Bellatrix. Apparently Bella did not show any baby belly because even Draco had no idea and he lived with her in Malfoy Manor during that pregnancy. And please let’s not mention Cedric.
It’s not necessary
Yes, I know that any Harry Potter brings in the big bucks. Don’t get me wrong, I was very excited about Fantastic Beasts and am also waiting in anticipation for the next few parts of the story. Fantastic Beasts will consist of five films and that is great news. Do we really need another trilogy after that? Perhaps if the story was good (and it isn’t) it would be worth it. It just feels to me like another trilogy is overkill.
I know many others felt that way about Fantastic Beasts too, but I think that’s different. For starters, it doesn’t completely ruin beloved characters with a nonsense story. It is a brand new tale and it is great that the new generation also get to experience the magic like we did. While I love everything that has to do with the wizarding world, I would not want to go see these films.
It’s better in theatres
While I have not seen the play myself, my friends who did see it told me that it looks spectacular on stage. I believe that right away. While the story may be lacking, perhaps it makes better sense when it is performed. Why not let it be a special experience on stage? Why not leave it there? Let’s just enjoy the wizarding world in all it’s different aspects, without having to bring everything to the big screen.
I hope the Wizarding World will be expanded for many more years to come. I hope we get to enjoy the world and discover new things for as long as J.K Rowling allows us to. But please, let’s forget about the Cursed Child. Embrace it as a play and as a script, but let’s keep it at that.