As great as it is to get a new Harry Potter story – and it feels great to be back with these characters – Cursed Child is an unusual story for the canon.
My main issue with it is that isn’t really original. It feels like a typical time travel story with the usual trappings of such a genre that other franchises like Star Trek have done before and better. There are snippets of dystopian avoided timelines, beloved characters returning briefly from the dead, confusion about the protagonist’s place in the new universe etc, etc.
And some characters are simply vastly underused. Ron is the biggest casualty here. He’s hardly there and when he is he makes no impression or impact. The usual trifecta formula of the Potter series is broken up into two pairs instead, and it sticks out in this series.
But the story really works when it let’s go of the sci-fi and leans on its own lore. The backbone of the story is family and the parent/child relationship and this is really where it shines and is memorable.
My favourite thing is that it brings the entire Potter story full circle and does that really well. It feels like there’s closure, something lacking from Deathly Hallows’ otherwise beautiful “19 Years Later.”