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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Show Recap – Sunday May 21st

Note: This recap was written over several days, so please forgive the bizarre and inconsistent references to time.

What a bizarre, indescribable day. I think this is going to be more a recap of emotions (as I try to figure them out), but of course the cast gave us some beautiful and incredible moments too. I’ll do my best to talk about everything I can, but as I say, it was a little indescribable, and I’m still not sure how I feel.

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Note: This was originally a post I replied with to another post, but I decided to just leave it on its own. This is an argument against people who claim that Nathan is innocent and didn’t deserve punishment for what he did. I really hate people who think he’s this innocent little boy who did nothing wrong. 

People seem to forget that Chloe has mental problems too, but fuck her. Nathan has issues too, but he did murder Rachel and help kidnap girls for Jefferson. Not only that but he also attempted to photograph Chloe outside of Jefferson’s orders. He has issues, and as a result he died. Chloe and Kate both had mental problems, because knock knock depression and BPD are both mental disorders that can cause severe issues in people.

Yes, Nathan is mentally ill, but those do not excuse what he did. Yes, Jefferson did lead him down a path, but that is no excuse for what he did. Would you excuse the followers of a cult who were brainwashed into someone’s ideas and they never lost them? No you wouldn’t. Nathan’s mental issues explain why he is the way he is and how that allowed Jefferson to use him, but they do not excuse Nathan for the bullshit he did.

It’s less about the fact that he’s mentally ill, and more about the fact that he’s still a murderer and a kidnapper. Why? Because he didn’t take her to the dark room. He took her to his room and attempted to go Jefferson on her. That’s a huge difference because Chloe is someone without innocence, which goes completely against everything that Jefferson was trying to do with his bullshit art. Nathan is mentally ill. Did he deserve to die? No. But he deserved to atone for what he did. And in this case, he was killed as a result. He chose everything he did, and being mentally ill does not excuse something like what he did. There will always be a difference between being explained and being excused.

Edit: I will clarify a few things and admit I’m wrong in a few places. My memory misserved and I thought Chloe was naked. I apologize and I’ll strike that from my argument. But it still stands that Nathan is not innocent in all of this. Was he used by Jefferson? Yes. But there’s a huge difference from manipulating someone and having someone spend a million dollars plus more on your little art project while also going with said art project. It’s not like Jefferson was subtley manipulating Nathan. If he was, you could argue there was manipulation and Nathan was equally a victim. But it’s not like Jefferson is holding a gun to his head this entire time. No, Nathan revels and helps Jefferson out. Hell, he wants to be just like Jefferson. Nathan is not innocent nor is he a victim. He is just as bad as Jefferson, because Nathan doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. He still drugged Chloe. He still killed Rachel. You can’t excuse murder, especially when it’s “I overdosed her on medicine so I could kidnap her and photograph her for my own sexual pleasures.”

What about Chloe? Chloe also suffers from extreme depression and BPD. She’s angry and vents out at the world and is a parallel to Nathan. Whereas Nathan is rich and has bad relations with a living father. Chloe is a poor girl who had a good relationship with her deceased father. Both suffer from mental disorders, but they go about them different ways. Nathan does hard drugs and helps kidnap people for Jefferson’s porn collection, while Chloe only smokes weed and lashes out at people verbally. Also we care to forget that part where Nathan drove Kate to suicide by drugging her and taking her to the dark room? Yes, Jefferson did the deed of photographing her, but Nathan is the one who drugged her, kidnapped her, and then dropped her off. Hell, it’s highly likely he watched Jefferson do it. Nathan is mentally ill, but mental illness is never an excuse when it goes THIS FAR. When Chloe lashes out at Max in Episode 3, we see that by the next day she is super fucking sorry for lashing out. Under her own merits, she realizes her mistakes and owns up to it. Nathan only “owns” up to it after he realizes Jefferson is going to kill him. The words out of his mouth in episode 5, are those of desperation. He’s not sorry. Was he used? Yes. But he allowed himself to be used. He still killed Rachel. He still did horrible things. And he only apologized when his life was over. Chloe apologized for the things she did nearly right after she was in a good state of mind. 

Also remember how he kills Chloe? Yeah he killed Chloe. Nathan is a fuck and is just as bad as Jefferson.

Do you have that moment when you’re just doing whatever related to BoM and your mind is like:

“What if the BoM Broadway closes before it has a tour in my country? What if it closes on a day and they didn’t even announce it? What if it closes before McPriceley is canon? What if Nic Rouleau quits? What if Stephen Ashfield quits? What if the fandom dies? What if you’re the only one left in the fandom? What if Hamilton, Be More Chill, Dear Evan Hansen, and etc got so popular that BoM is forgotten…”

I don’t know why but it scares me that the BoM fandom is shrinking… I mean, there’s still people in the fandom, right?

Alright, I’m going to shut up.