It took 18 years, but JK Rowling finally returns to not only the Potterverse but to Harry and his crew themselves. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play that picks up with the final scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It could easily be called Hagwarz: The Next Generation. The story centers on Harry’s youngest son, Albus, and Scorpius Malfoy, the only child of Harry’s nemesis Draco. Scorpius is just what his father wanted him to be, which is everything he wasn’t growing up. Albus feels the pressure of growing up Potter and being named for two of the Wizard War’s greatest heroes. But when it turns out someone is using time turners to bring back Voldemort, Harry, head of the Ministry of Magic’s law enforcement division, suspects Scorpius.
And let’s be frank, Harry’s kind of an ass in this one. You can see why Albus is such a rebellious teen. Albus and Scorpius meet Amos Diggory, father of the late Cedric Diggory. Amos, now an old, doddering man, blames Harry for Cedric’s death. So what could it hurt to go back and make sure Cedric survives the fateful Tri-Wizard Tournament?
Albus’s attempts make Star Trek‘s Kelvin timeline look like a slightly rescripted version of its own origin. Albus manages to wreck the timeline and compound the problem each time he tries to fix it. Eventually, Harry, Ron, Hermoine, and Draco have to intervene, but it ends up coming down to Albus and Scorpius, proving themselves to be worthy successors to the original Dumbledore’s Army.
Harry is realistically aged here, a 40-year-old man dealing with a famous past and sometimes needing to smooth things over with wife Ginny. Hermoine is the driven and scrupulous Minister of Magic (at least in the “prime” timeline) with Ron her patient working class husband. But it’s really Draco who shows the most development. Through with the Death Eaters forever, he finds himself having to prove to Harry that he is not the conflicted, somewhat cowardly teen from Hogwarz. He even tells Harry he was rather jealous that Harry had Ron and Hermoine around him, that his own circle included Crab and Goyle, whom Harry concedes were not exactly paragons of the wizarding arts, even the Dark Arts.
Most likely, this will become a movie, and just as likely star Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton. But Snape makes a couple of appearances, one flashback and one alternate timeline. To do this story without Alan Rickman is almost grounds for recasting the entire story.