With the first of the Cursed Child previews officially complete, some fans took to Twitter to detail what Part 2 has in store. Are these real spoilers, or is the internet trying to pull a fast one on Potterheads?
As we expected, after Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was performed for the first time on June 7, spoilers from the plot, from minor details like Hermione’s job to slightly more major ones, like which houses the Potter, Weasley and Malfoy children were sorted into overtook the internet. More details also leaked, despite J.K. Rowling’s #KeepTheSecrets campaign.
While the author implored the audience in another hashtag, #Don’tBeWormtail, this is simply not a practical solution. Some hardcore fans will listen, of course, and perhaps get offended that others do not. But when you are performing a show for live audiences in public, imploring people not to give away spoilers is never going to work–it can only delay things for a while. It’s the nature of the change in format from published page (which Rowling can control) to open performances in a live theater. Some of us (myself included) are spoiler-hungry enough to go looking for trouble. And trouble we found.
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Part 2 of Cursed Child seems to be chock-full of twists and turns. In Twitter format, it’s a tad hard to follow, so we’ll break down some of the finer points as best we can:
- Albus and Scorpius’ time-meddling in Part 1 resulted in a universe where Harry Potter is dead and Voldemort won. Snape is still alive, as is Cedric Diggory, who is now a Death Eater who killed Neville before Nagini could get busted by the sword of Gryffindor.
- We are once again subjected to Nice Guy Snape, who in this universe, despite Voldemort’s hold on power, is no longer a blood supremacist in league with the Dark side. In any case, he’s taken out by the Dementor’s Kiss after Scorpius guilt-trips about his love for Lily.
- There’s some more time-travel talk that I can’t make sense of, but ultimately order is restored, Harry is alive, and Albus exists once more.
- Harry, Ginny, Draco, and McGonagall learn about this nonsense and give the boys a telling-off for messing with the space-time continuum.
- Harry has a dream about visiting his parents’ grave, where Voldemort shows up and grabs Albus. Harry’s scar hurts, and since he takes this dream as a sign, he and Ginny rush back to Hogwarts to ensure Albus’ safety.
- Scorpius claims to have lost the Time-Turner in the lake when he was trying to put the universe back together. As it happens, he still has the Time-Turner, and he and Albus are going to destroy it. They enlist the help of Amos Diggory’s niece, Delphinus (Delphi), who was introduced in Part 1.
- Alas, it turns out that Delphi is evil.
- As evil as Voldemort’s daughter could possibly be.
- Because that’s who Delphi really is. She’s not Amos’ niece—she’s the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix.
- (Sigh. Okay. Fine.)
- More prophecy talk comes up, and it turns out that Delphinus is the prophesied Cursed Child. So there’s one question answered.
- Delphi forces the boys to accompany her back in time, so she can stop Voldemort from being destroyed the night he tried to kill Harry.
- Through the magical power of time-travel that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, Harry and the crew—including Draco—team up to rescue Albus and Scorpius. Conveniently, Draco is also in possession of a Time-Turner, so this is cake.
- Through some particulars that I don’t care to detail, the parents save the kids, they all watch Lily and James die for some reason, Delphi goes to Azkaban, Harry and Albus reconcile, and Scorpius asks Rose out.
That is… one wild ride.
If this is the truth of the matter, I for one can’t accept it as canon, mostly because it was firmly established in Prisoner of Azkaban that the Potterverse operates on a closed time loop. That is, if you were to travel to the past, you wouldn’t be able to change the future, because what you do in the past has already created the future you know. As such, Albus and Scorpius wouldn’t have succeeded in creating an alternate universe in the first place. That’s one irksome plot hole, not to mention the myriad of other details I can’t wrap my head around after having just read them: What would compel kind-hearted Cedric Diggory to join the ranks of the Death Eaters? Voldemort seriously procreated? Why do I still have to undergo the torment of hearing about Snape’s obsession with Lily? Will the horrors never cease?
While I have no doubt that the performances and the special effects make this production shine, and well-deserving of the praise it’s getting, this narrative feels so weak to me. While it appears to maintain the themes of Harry Potter, the story itself is lacking, and will sure to fall flat for fans who only manage to get their hands on the Cursed Child script. Devoid of the art of performance, I can’t imagine what the story will look like when I crack open the script next month.
We’ll see what comes to pass as spoilers continue to trickle in, and when fans worldwide learn the truth with the script’s publication on July 31. Still, I can’t shake the feeling that I would rather curl up with my Harry Potter boxed set and ignore any other post-Deathly Hallows twists. Maybe I’ll change my tune when I can experience some semblance of the play for myself, but for now I’d prefer to content myself with that final “All was well.”
What’s your take on these new spoilers, fellow Potterheads? Sound off in the comments!