Harry Potter and the Sanctioned Follow-On Work (or, Fanfiction vs. the Patriarchy)
Elizabeth Minkel

As a fanfiction writer, even I’m guilty of call The Cursed Child fanfiction.

What we really mean is that it’s BAD fanfiction… chock full of some of the most tired fanfic tropes (time travel/Bellamort/Voldy’s daughter… Might as well have thrown in Friendly!Goblins, Evil!Dumbledore, and Harem-Lord!Harry too!!! :P ), some of the worst characterisations (the characters’ personae are completely unrecognisable)… these are sadly all too common traits in the world of fanfiction.