Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most beautiful yet terrible things I have ever read. Of course, I was glad for a new instalment in my favourite series, but it wasn't exactly what I expected.
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It might not live up to your standards, you might hate it, you might love it. My feelings on it are still mixed. It's marketed as the eighth story in the franchise, but most people don't consider it worthy enough to gain that title.
Click read more to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the Cursed Child. (WARNING: there will be spoilers.)
Let's start with the worst parts.
I feel like Delphi seemed like too much of a Mary Sue at the beginning when we are first introduced to her. She was just too perfect, and I don't trust characters like that. At the end, we understand that she has issues with her parentage and she has a hard time accepting that she was an orphan.
But really? Silver hair with blue tips? That honestly sounds really fake. She could have used a little more characterisation.
Also, Voldemort and Bellatrix? I don't think Voldy would ever have a child. He never needed or wanted a legacy. I'm sorry, it's just so out of character.
2. Time Turners
Time travel is the weakest plot device. In the Prisoner of Azkaban it was a good addition, but then JK promised that it was going to be the last appearance of Time Turners.
Until, of course, the play. It was awfully convenient that the Ministry just happened to find one, and Draco had another, even though all of the Time Turners were destroyed in the Order of the Phoenix.
And in the end, nothing actually happened to progress the story. Sure, the relationships were stronger at the end of the play, but everything else was the same. They had just gone back in time, messed stuff up, then fixed it. What was the point of that?
Next, not the absolute worst, but still pretty bad.
1. THE TROLLEY WITCH???
Out of every atrocious plot twist in this play, this has to be the worst one yet. She was so friendly. Who can you even trust in this world anymore?
PUMPKIN PASTY GRENADES? What if that got mixed up with regular pasties and someone ate it? Why does she have spikes for hands? Why does she not remember her own name? How is she alive for more than a hundred and ninety years?
And after how evil she was, throwing her dangerous candies around and brandishing her claws, Albus and Scorpius got off the train very easily.
2. Ron reduced to a bumbling idiot
If we're being honest, I didn't like Ron one bit in the play. He never said one thoughtful or useful thing, he never showed how loyal and helpful he was, he never had an important role in the plot. This is not the Ron we know and love.
The Ron and Hermione scenes were great, so was Harry and Hermione's friendship. Not to Mention Harry and Ginny. But Harry and Ron? We know they were good friends, I just hoped for a scene where they were just talking like good best friends do.
Finally, the best parts of the play.
1. The Malfoys
The Malfoy family was so perfectly portrayed in the play. Draco revealing that he had a time turner, which means he had the willpower to not go back in time and save his wife, was a defining moment. Astoria's sacrifice for her husband made my heart break. Scorpius being the dorkiest, sweetest, most adorable character ever made me happy too.
2. The Relationships
The relationships really strengthened the whole play, in my opinion. Harry and Ginny supporting each other, Ron and Hermione as in love as always. Harry and Draco becoming friends, Harry and Albus's strained father-son relationship that was getting stronger.
I have to mention Scorpius and Albus of course. They were my favourite part. They loved each other so much, whether it was in a platonic way or not. You could see how much Albus missed Scorpius when he was forbidden to speak to him. They had such an inseperable bond, one possibly better that the Golden Trio's.
I think Scorpius and Albus's 'Always' will become the new Always.
In conclusion, it's not really going to live in my heart as a part of the Harry Potter series, but I still loved it.
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