Note: This post is going to be filled with SPOILERS once the line is drawn so don’t read past that if you aren’t ready. It’s also going to be incredibly informal and all over the place because that’s where I’m at right now. If you want to know my thoughts sans spoilers, know that I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5 at present. There was stuff I loved and stuff that made me cringe.
I think the chosen cast well represent what I read in the script. I may or may not get to see the play in November. I have a ticket, but I don’t currently have the money to get there, stay there, eat there, explore there, etc. Either way, I’m glad for the script since most people won’t get to experience this firsthand.
Below are just some initial thoughts. I’m sure I’ll read it again and have more, especially since I read through it so quickly the first time. I’d love to know if you agree/disagree or have anything to add that I probably forgot to include.
Also, I need to say that being at a Harry Potter book release night gave me so many nostalgia feels. The nerds were in full swing, and I couldn’t be happier. I know a lot of people won’t want to read the script either because it isn’t a 100% JK Rowling masterpiece or because the story ended with book seven and that needs to be the end of it. I respect both reasons or any other reasons people may have, but for me just being back in this world in any form is well worth it. Potter has been a massive part of my life for 15 years, and I can’t help but want to stay in it
a little longer forever.
Okay, are you ready? I’m not. Let’s go!
First off, Scorpius Malfoy is a fucking precious cinnamon roll. His friendship with Albus is one of the greatest parts of script. The power of friendship and love was pivotal in the Harry Potter series, and I’m pleased to see that continue here. Let’s also respect the fact that Scorpius is like Hermione in many ways. #booknerdsunited
“My geekness is a-quivering.” – Scorpius Malfoy
As for Albus, there was bound to be at least one Potter child who didn’t mesh well with The Boy Who Lived. It’s a lot to swallow when you’re named after two incredible wizards and then get put into Slytherin where no one in your family has been placed. I love how similar he and Harry are despite their differences, and his determination to save Cedric and protect those he cares about speaks volumes. I have more rambling thoughts about this relationship and Albus in general, but I’ll leave that for another day.
Trio+Gin talk: Let’s applaud a female Minister for Magic! Her and Ron’s relationship feels much more stable to me in the play than I thought possible. Harry and Ginny also deserve much applause for having the one moment where tears came to my eyes. I’m sure there would be more of that had I seen this on stage first, but their touching moments really work for me. This is a massive relief after the awkward writing/acting of Ginny/Harry in the Potter films. In short, the trio+Gin are incredible.
“People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are — have always been — heroic in the really quiet ways.” – Ginny Potter
Side bitterness moment: Where the fuck is George Weasley? Ron is running the joke shop and George is nowhere to be found. I understand not running a shop after the twin you ran it with gets killed, but for the love of Snape let’s not act as if it’s totally cool Ron has somehow become a mixture of Ron and George. Okay, he’s funny as hell and I love it, but still, I want my baby George.
*deep breath* Okay… moving on.
Snape. Snape. Severus Snape. DUMBLEDORE! Some people are aware of how much I love Snape, so let me just say I’m really fucking happy and unhappy to see him in this production. No matter what changed in the timeline, Snape remained loyal to the cause because of Lily. Not even the timeline could change that. Talk about “Always.” That being said, I’m unhappy because I had to deal with him dying all over again. I may have hugged my life size Snape cutout after finishing the script.
“The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don’t want that.” – Severus Snape
Per usual, Dumbledore comes sliding in with some logical quotes to make us ponder everything, and I bet he’s wearing some badass robes in that portrait. His words and wisdom resonate long after his death. I’m all for the Dumbledore throw in. Just because you’re a painting now doesn’t mean you get to stop affecting us all.
“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” – Albus Dumbledore
“You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.” – Albus Dumbledore
Also important: that bitch Delphi. I’ve read fan theories about this, about why it makes sense to people that Voldemort and Bellatrix had a child as well as when this could have all taken place. A lot of digging into the books has been done to show why this is a legit thing, but I still have trouble rolling with it.
Voldemort didn’t love, nor did he ever come across as a sexual being (lol gross). There was also no logical necessity behind it like needing to preserve the family name or keep the line going. Voldemort was certain he was going to defeat Harry and live forever. He’s never cared about anything beyond keeping himself going and being the most powerful… and ridding the world of filthy mudbloods, of course.
Bellatrix was disgustingly into Voldemort so for her part this is completely logical, but for Voldemort’s part this just doesn’t make any sense. I could write a lot more about this, but for now I’m in the “What the fuck with this entire plot” camp.
Side Note: If I was more on board with this plot I would say that Delphi is perfection and I fucking love the female villain thing they have going on. She crushed it.
I’m going to end on a positive note because this script has so many positives. I love the idea of being unable to change time without consequence. We know this from Harry Potter. We know this from Doctor Who. There are fixed points in time, things that need to happen in order for everything else to happen. The lads learned this the hard way… but hey, it’s Harry Potter. You knew that shit would get fixed in the end.
Favorite character? Team Delphi? Not going to read any of it because screw the next generation? Seriously, tell me your thoughts.