Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, meaning Albus Severus, is the story of Harry Potter learning what being a father means while dealing with demons from his past, while his son experiences a very different childhood than he did, further separating them.
Major spoilers ahead!
For what J.K. Rowling has announced is the end of Harry Potter’s story, it’s more disappointing than Tris dying at the end of Allegiant.
I wish, I wish, that I could praise the eighth installment of the narrative revolving around The Boy Who Lived, but the plot was meandering on unreasonable, and besides Scorpius Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, and Hermione Granger, the characters just seemed out-of-character and distant.
Perhaps it’s the 19 years later that changed these characters, but both McGonagall and Hermione kept the same traits they exuded in the books as they become Hogwarts Headmistress and Minister of Magic respectively. Other than that, Potter was a mere shadow of his teenage self, and Albus Severus was leaning on unbearable.
For those that say the story was treated like fanservice, I’d agree and disagree. This was clearly an idea of J.K. Rowling’s, but the writing and plot development is poor and wish-wash.
Bringing Voldemort’s story back through the eyes of his daughter, who passes herself off as Delphi Diggory, was unnecessary and quite a poorly thought out idea.
From what we learned of Voldemort in the original run, he was incapable of love and affection, which counters the fact that he supposedly has sex with and had a child with Bellatrix Lestrange before the Battle of Hogwarts.
How does a man solely concerned with power and unable to feel human emotion have to gain from sleeping with his most loyal follower and impregnating her? Sure, the seed could be planted that he wanted an heir to ensure his stability as the Dark Lord, but as a former man who created 7 horcruxes to ensure immortality, having a child seems like a waste of time.
Even though Albus was an unbearable brat throughout most of the play, and I’m writing based solely on reading the script, his friendship with Scorpius Malfoy is a shining point.
Scorpius became the male, Slytherin version of Hermione: he was interested in the facts and acted as a reasonable conscious for Albus as they attempted to go back in time and save Cedric.
Focusing on Cedric’s death was also a strange choice from Rowling. He was merely a supporting character for one book of Harry’s story that happened to die.
The Triwizard Tournament was also the worst plot written in the series and the Goblet of Fire is my personal least favorite, so I admit, I’m a bit biased to my dislike of revisiting this.
Nonetheless, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child misses on the elements that made the originals so lovable, and I can’t wait to burn this narrative out of my mind. Perhaps the physical play is better, but I’d rather leave my childhood heroes in piece with a simple quote.
All was well.