It kind of pays to gauge just how much a person cares about Harry Potter before bringing up the idea that any failure on the part of the franchise would be a ‘good’ thing since some people might actually wish that the Ava Kedavra curse would work as depicted in the movies for merely saying that failure is a positive development. To be honest though the only ‘good’ part as stated by Mike Jones of ScreenRant is that thank to declining ticket sales in America, more people that want to go and see the two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be able to take in the show, both parts if they want, since attendance has been way down. That might actually allow a lot of Potterheads to breathe a sigh of relief considering that the news really isn’t that bad, except for those trying to bump up ticket sales.
If you’ve heard of the story but haven’t watched it or even read the book, the latest installment in the Potterverse occurs a good 19 years after the conclusion of the final movie, when Harry and Ginny have been wed and had their children, Ron and Hermione are still together with their family, and of course, Draco Malfoy is still around. The complications come when the children of Malfoy and Harry go mucking around with time, seeking to bring back a certain someone that might have had a greater impact than people might have thought had he survived. Cedric Diggory was kind of a throwaway character in The Goblet of Fire, or so it would have seemed, since his death created another traumatic moment in Harry’s life and served as another catalyst for the overall story that made us hate Voldemort and his cronies that much more and wish for their eventual destruction. It’s funny, we didn’t really get to see Peter Pettigrew’s end, but in the book it was actually pretty gruesome by comparison. In this story however Cedric never meets his unfortunate end, though he does get humiliated and events do manage to unfold in a way that are completely catastrophic for the two involved. In the story as it plays before the two boys fiddle with time things aren’t quite as perfect as one might imagine, as despite being married and having what amounts to a good life, Harry and Ginny are still fairly distant to each other at times, while Malfoy is, well, Malfoy.
The story has been embraced by quite a few fans but that’s not much of a surprise since most Potter fans will snap up anything that’s tossed their way like a group of hungry ducks. But in truth it’s a bit lacking when it comes to the same quality that Rowling put into the rest of the story since it’s almost like an afterthought, the moment when you realize that the story has gone on for too long and needs to conclude. The reaction of the fans when the author stated that she wouldn’t be creating any more books on Harry Potter was almost a collective cry that could be heard around the world, but as you might imagine, people got over it. Still, the stage play has managed to draw a lot of eager fans to see it since it’s a chance to see what happened after all was said and done. One question that’s still on a lot of minds, among the many, is whether anyone really understands just how warped a place Hogwarts was. Does anyone stop to think that the teachers were instructing the students how to basically live a life of ease and how to potentially harm someone if they got it in their head to do so?
Think about the spells, aside from the unforgivable curses, and then you might come to understand how Harry Potter was a child’s fantasy that quickly turned into a serious matter when you figure that they were learning spells that could be used in very violent and ill-advised ways. And to think that students such as Snape made up their own spells and potions and could have wreaked some serious havoc. But what’s funny about this is that the moment a wizard or witch lost their wand, many of them were helpless. Wouldn’t you think that they might try to harness the power that was inside of them and made such feats possible? There a lot of questions about this story that remain, but a lot of Potterheads would likely scoff and scorn behind their movie logic as they try to justify just how it all works and how the questions are irrelevant. I would agree with the last part at least, since when you think about it every bit of power that any character has ever had in any story comes down to one factor: the writer.