Scorpius Malfoy: A Shining Light

For those that have read/seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, most of us can agree that though the narrative and plot are disappoint, Scorpius Malfoy is an unexpected shining light.

Who would’ve believed that a Malfoy would’ve been the most interesting character in a Harry Potter story?

Scorpius, best friend of main character Albus Severus Potter, is even more tortured than Draco was under Lucius and Narcissa’s parentage.

But while Albus is cursed in one way, Scorpius seems to be the truly cursed child. His entire life was ruled by one unfortunate rumor: that he is the son of Lord Voldemort. Since Draco was a follower of the Dark Lord, and Lucius, Narcissa, and Bellatrix three of his most loyal followers, it’s not completely unbelievable that his family would want to ensure power stay attached to the Malfoy name.

The true child of Voldemort is a girl who passes herself off as Delphi Diggory, the daughter of Bellatrix Lestrange, born before the Battle of Hogwarts in Malfoy Manor. But this was never public knowledge; it’s unknown whether Bellatrix had entrusted this information to even her sister.

Horribly ridiculed and tormented, especially during his time at Hogwarts, Scorpius is more like Hermione and Harry combined than anyone in his own family. Albus gets stares for being the son of Harry Potter, the hero. Scorpius was relentlessly whispered about for being the potential son of Voldemort. Him being born led him into a path to infamy.

Being ridiculed and having one friend, Scorpius sought refuge in the Hogwarts library and buried himself with information; he is obviously very smart and gifted, much like Hermione Granger.

But perhaps Scorpius is more of a hero than Harry, in some ways. No, he didn’t take down Voldemort personally, but he stopped the world from being changed after Albus disappeared during their second trip back in time to save Cedric’s life. A crucial mistake, but brilliantly brave and stupid.

Scorpius could’ve stayed in this alternate reality where he was immensely popular, albeit mean and nasty, but he finally fit in for the first time in his life. But his relationship with Albus helped him see the light, however unpleasant his normal life was. Anything is better than being the pupil of Headmistress Dolores Umbridge.

Even through the mistakes Draco made, his proudest moment is being the father of Scorpius Malfoy, and toward the end of the play, Scorpius starts to see this. While Albus couldn’t see the affection his father had for him either, this is probably what drove the two to being best friends in the first place.

Many have suspected that Albus and Scorpius’ friendship was more intimate than the play intended, even though the ending of the play tried to discredit this by having Scorpius interested in Rose Granger-Weasley. If they were, it would make sense. Their relationship helped them stop Voldemort’s daughter and return the world to how it was supposed to be. If nothing else, Scorpius returned from the Voldemort-ruled universe because that meant his best friend had never been born.

Albus Potter got the entire world into the Voldemort mess once again, and Scorpius saved the day. A redemptive, shining character to bring back a respectable Malfoy name.

Though the narrative and plot were messy and many of the characters seemed very out-of-character, Harry especially, one can argue the play got one thing correct: Scorpius Malfoy.

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