As a crazed Potter fan, I really was thrilled when JK Rowling announced that the franchise would not in fact end with the happily ever after we pressumed – Harry, Ron and Hermione smiling with teary eyes as their children continued the Hogwarts legacy in peace and harmony.
I started reading the play a couple of days ago and can already say that it’s themes have resonated incredible loudly for me! Years down the line, when Hermione is now Minister for Magic, Harry is an Auror and Draco Malfoy’s son is BFFs with Harry’s kid…(yes you did read that right), a time turner is discovered and we soon learn that changing the slightest thing about the past has catastrophic effects on the present.
JK Rowling has brilliantly alerted her audience to a truth that we all consistently forget.
Whatever our race, age or background, things go wrong for everyone – it’s a simple and rather annoying fact of life. Many of us would give anything to turn back time and change all the bad, but is it really that simple?
These things that go wrong for us can feel like the end of the world and we wish we could go back and change them- we regret words we said, opportunities we missed, things we did, things we didn’t. We’re hurt, let down, betrayed.
Yet…we have blinkered vision. We are focussed upon the immediate impact of these blips and struggle to consider that they may have a greater purpose in moulding us into the person we are meant to be, and setting us on the correct path.
This play is the perfect demonstration of the fact that the bad things that happen serve a purpose and we must remember this in order to overcome them. They make you stronger, they make you try things you wouldn’t have otherwise done or avoid similar situations through learning from your mistakes.
In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Amos Diggory wishes to turn back time and rescue his son, Cedric, whose death he feels was unnecessary. We ourselves may even agree that had it not happened, the defeat of Voldemort would still have taken place in the final battle of Hogwarts …however, little did we realise how this tragic end to the Goblet of Fire that left tear stains on our pages, was in fact crucial to not only this, but the relationships between most beloved characters and the development of the incredible personas of our protagonists.
Give it a read, you won’t regret it.