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Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: to think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second. 

“It was a ball of light, kind of pulsing, and bluish, like that light you get around a Portkey, you know?”

“Yeah,” said Harry and Hermione together automatically.

“I knew this was it,” said Ron. “I grabbed my stuff and packed it, then I put on my rucksack and went out into the garden.”

“The little ball of light was hovering there, waiting for me, and when I came out it bobbed along a bit and I followed it behind the shed and then it… well, it went inside me.”

“Sorry?” said Harry, sure he had not heard correctly.

“It sort of floated toward me,” said Ron, illustrating the movement with his free index finger, “right to my chest, and then “it just went straight through. It was here,” he touched a point close to his heard, “I could feel it, it was hot. And once it was inside me, I knew what I was supposed to do. I knew it would take me where I needed to go…”

Originally posted by nikkiiklebold

Reason 5439236 the HP movies irk me, particularly DH.

In the book, Hermione dances with precisely one person, Ron. They have a lovely time, and they are making strides in their relationship. It also serves to magnify the emotional impact of Ron’s leaving, as well as his return and redemption.

In the movie, Hermione dances with not one, but two people. Krum at the wedding (the scene was cut, but featured a jealous-looking Ron), and Harry in the tent. Basically, the exact opposite of what happens in the book. All this served to do was make Ron look like the bad guy (as always), lessen the emotional impact of his leaving on Hermione, and also hide the fact that Ron was really maturing and trying to change his relationship with Hermione from friendship to something more. The Harry/Hermione dance was so OOC for Harry as well (I dislike that scene with a passion).

Thanks for robbing us of actually seeing Ron and Hermione dancing together, which ACTUALLY happened. Instead, precious screen time was wasted on nonsense.

Just another example of the anti-Romione bias in the films (not to mention an overall lack of understanding of the characters and unnecessary changes to major plot points).

Don’t even get me started on Malfoy Manor. Or Voldemort’s death scene. Or the burning down of The Burrow. Or Harry & Ginny’s entire relationship. I’ll stop now.

My reaction to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Already, it is worth noting the high reaction to the script/play. It is the most sold book since DH came out. Within the HP fandom itself, the Harry Potter Reddit, has a thread dedicated to the release which has already garnered 2455 comments as of now. It is worth remembering that even though there are issues, our favourite characters are back with us, after nine years. Canon or non-canon, there are still things to enjoy about it. 

But anyways, here are some points that stood out to me:

The Time-Turner issue: Obviously, no reaction to CC could come without talking about the decision to include the Time-Turner issue. 

I really feel that this was tinkering with canon too much for me to enjoy it. I think that this was one of the biggest inconsistencies with regard to canon. This simply isn’t how Time Turners are meant to work. Even if there is an explanation that is consistent with the canon - as some here have pointed out - however, how could JKR approve of this? She herself admitted that the reason why she got rid of them in OotP at the battle was because it made everything more inconvenient to the plot.

Voldemort/Bellatrix = DELPHI ZOMG: I’m quite disappointed with this. Both with the fact of Voldemort having sex in the first place - to me, he always gave vibes of being asexual, given his utter reluctance to human emotion and feeling, but also with regard to Delphi herself. Honestly, is this “My Immortal” or what? 

Trolley Lady: Just… WTF. Why would anyone, even excluding JKR, think that would be a good idea?

Who is truly the “Cursed Child”?: Is it Delphi, Scorpius or Albus? I always assumed it would be Albus, but I honestly feel that in some ways all three are the “Cursed Child”, meaning that the book should rather have been called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Children”. 

On the relationship between Harry/Ginny: I simply loved it. There is so much between them here. Just like in the seven books, Ginny is able to stand up to him but also be his source of greatest comfort showing that like in the books, they are true soul-mates, just like JKR has repeated several times in the years. That obviously was one of the few things that came from JKR.

Her and Harry share several bonding moments in this play, such as after he has had a bad dream, or even the church scene, where Ginny and Harry talk about her experiences after CoS. Their relationship is so well portrayed, to the point where I’ve seen some people against Harry/Ginny express praise for their relationship, on various forums and fansites, examples being the HP Reddit and FictionAlley.

As I’ve said before here: the proportion of H/G shippers in the fandom is set to dramatically increase. And that’s a good thing. For way too long the H/G ship has been bashed in the fandom, and this is a great opportunity for H/G writers to make a stand. 

On Ginny Weasley herself: Still a BAMF. Ginny was definitely much more present in CC than in any of the other books. Also, I do believe her personality came through, especially at the point where she confronts Draco and tries to make him understand that her and Harry are feeling the same way about Albus as he does about Scorpius, which is definitely bringing flashbacks of when she first confronted him in CoS.

However, there are parts which do highlight Ginny’s issues in getting herself included in the Trio, and as said above to her loneliness after CoS, which is obviously helping with her character development. There is even a moment where in one of the alternate timelines Harry splits up Albus and Scorpius where Draco and Ginny feel this kinship over their envy of such a close bond between the “golden trio”.   

I think it’s quite possible to argue that in this installment, Ginny is more important than either Ron or Hermione, which is a first. 

On Ron/Hermione: I liked how they were portrayed, but showing Hermione becoming like Snape just because she didn’t end up with Ron was… a bit too extreme. I see it as directly coming from this quote from JKR back from when DH was released:

“Hermione’s got the sensitivity and maturity that’s been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun.”

This is part of the reason why Ron and Hermione do work well together (even if I would argue less so than Ginny/Harry). I really think JKR was desperate to make the HP fandom - and others outside - understand that her words from the Wonderland interview were taken out of context by the mass media, when they reported that “JK said Harry should have married Hermione”, and that no, she doesn’t “regret” them. In any case, however, I felt this was kinda forced, despite me liking quite a few moments between them as someone who ships the R/Hr couple.

The relationship between Scorpius and Albus: They are soulmates, I love them. They reach out for each other at a time when each one of them is facing expectation and rumours and social anxiety, and it’s great. Whether it’s platonic or romantic, doesn’t matter, they are still soulmates. I’m not particularly interested in shipping this, but I can definitely understand why people do.

I think it is quite comparable to the friendship between Snape and Lily, as Snape himself compares the two of them to what he had with Lily before SWM. 

Scorpius/Albus vs Scorpius/Rose: OK, I get it, you next-gen shippers want to have a shipping war like the big ships have done, but in all honesty, neither ship was actually dissed. People who are complaining about Scorpius/Albus not being canon due to “lack of LGBT representation” are forgetting that there’s something for everybody here. In your fanfics you can write Scorpius/Albus just as easily as Scorpius/Rose, especially considering the fact that Rose did say “no” to going out with Scorpius. So you can stop fighting now, please. 

There are enough shipping wars between the main ships of the series without you adding on to it and making the fandom even more based on drama. Because to me, hinting at both pairings was just trying to pander to the fandom. So it is all for nothing - especially since JKR has said that HP is over now.

Is it canon?: Thematically, I do view as being consistent with the rest of the series. I think that the play is quite consistent with the other books - you know, battling your inner demons, facing pressures from yourself and from society, the threat of the past, etc. But there are plot issues with CC, that is undeniable. 

On Reddit, for example, there have been quite a few vicious battles over the canonicity of CC. Endless fandom drama… it goes on.

So my ultimate verdict is that the series should have been left at the end of DH, and that the CC isn’t officially canon, but that some parts of it are definitely canon - does that make sense? I mean technically speaking, it isn’t canon because it is Jack Thorne who wrote it, not JKR. Canon can only come from JKR. Meaning that even if she approves it, it isn’t canon. Besides, this rule already is valid for the movies. JKR approved them, was involved with them, but it doesn’t mean they are canon. However, there are points where you can feel JKR’s influence, especially in the hill scene between Harry and Albus, as well as the church scene between Harry and Ginny. 

I also feel that the books were aimed at the “hardcore” fans, but that in the end it will primarily be the casual fans who will end up enjoying this the most, since they won’t care about any canon inconsistencies, all they want is “more HP”. I’ve seen this quite often on sites like Facebook over the years. It’s the hardcore fans who will spend endless amounts of time picking this apart. 

Conclusion: These are just a few of my thoughts after having read CC a few days ago. I may have got something wrong, but in any case I will be re-reading CC soon enough in more detail. 

It’s definitely my least favourite book out of all of them overall, but some of the moments within do measure to the moments in the other seven. So I do think that quite a bit of the hate thrown at JKR is unfair.

Verdict: 6/10 - but if JKR had had more of an influence it would have been an 8/10. Definitely in the upper range - I thought it was going to be at best a 3 or a 4 - but not by much.

Either way, I’m still glad with the increase in activity in the HP fandom, and that our beloved characters have come back to us. 

And anyway, as JKR once said: 

Book Photo Challenge Sept Day 10: I Wish It Ended Differently

Basically, the epilogue was more of a fizzle than anything to the end of the series. I’m not saying I wanted it to conclude at the battle  or with some epic line, but personally I would’ve been fine not ending the series nineteen years in the future. It’s nice having canon couples and children, but I’d be content if all of that had been published through Pottermore instead.

Also Albus Severus. ugh.