What can I say about this play? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be? Is it okay to say that? I had seen spoilers about this a month or two ago, read them, and went “You have got to be kidding me” because the spoilers read like bad fanfiction. Like awful fanfiction. You know the kind.
In some respects, it really was like bad fanfiction. The villain, for example, was just not fleshed out at all. I have no idea who she is, other than her familial connections (I am trying to avoid big spoilers here, guys). She really just felt like a plot device and not a character. Boring.
Albus and Harry had this thing going on that I didn’t quite understand. Like Albus gets sorted into Slytherin, and everyone’s making fun of him being a Potter in Slytherin, and Harry doesn’t even reassure him? What’s wrong with you, Harry? Why aren’t you telling your son it doesn’t matter if he’s in Slytherin? Why are you (minor spoiler ahead) telling him he needs friends then trying to separate him from his only friend? WHY HARRY WHY?!?!?!
In a lot of ways, Harry’s behavior did feel organic. I didn’t feel like he was terribly out of character because he never had a parental example to learn from (whose parenting is he going to look up to? The Dursleys?). So while I had problems with how Harry acted, well, I’ve been having problems with the way Harry acts since like book 4. Harry can be a stubborn ass and doesn’t always see things from others’ points of view, and that’s just how he is. This isn’t any different when it comes to his son.
To make this short, I hated the plot, and hated the villain. I loved Albus and Scorpius. I did not feel like I wasted my time reading the play, and may read it again sometime, but will probably not buy the collector’s edition that is coming out later or even a physical copy of it. If you like Harry Potter, and you don’t mind going through a bad plot to see lovely characters being lovely, then go ahead and pick it up. If you’re sick and tired of time travel, then try reading something else.