You're about the only person I follow whom I know has read The Cursed Child. (I only read the summary aaaand I was done after that) I'm curious as to what you think are its pros and cons? :)
Oh, boy! This is gonna be long :D I’d like to point out that I’ll list the pros and cons of the script. Because many of the positive things about The Cursed Child are sure to be thanks to the actors and set & special effects designers etc. I’m sure the play is magical to watch and when you have wonderful actors with loads of chemistry, amazing decor, special effects, and choreography, plot and plot holes and characters written a bit ooc go mostly unnoticed, I think.
So, the script - I’ll probably miss something but here we go!
Main characters are Slytherins who are both good kids at heart!
Scorpius Malfoy! - Scorpius is such a cinnamon roll! What a great and cute character! And that’s my opinion only based on the script. Considering Anthony Boyle is said to have the best performance out of all the actors, I can only imagine how precious Scorpius is on stage.
Albus Potter! - people talk about him less but I really liked him. Sometimes even more than Scorpius. He has tons of issues that he doesn’t deal well with and he’s also a teenager to top it. He can be such a savage lil’ shit but is also good at heart and a great friend and it’s all so believable to read. I adore Albus Potter!
Scorbus (Friendship) - sadly I can list this both here and in the CONS because it deserved to be more than friendship. But anyway… Scorpius and Albus are best friends. And for someone who always headcanoned them as friends it makes me so happy! They hit it off literally from the first time they talk to each other and are inseparable ever since. they are the type of friends that can call each other on their bullshit and take a Cruciatus for each other. And if that’s not the highest level of friendship a person can achieve - I don’t know what is. There are also SO many romantic scenes between them which are super enjoyable but I’m gonna write the blatant queer baiting in the CONS.
Draco!!! - Draco gets his redemption arc in The Cursed Child! He’s also a good dad even though he finds it difficult to connect with Scorpius. He’s really trying his best and it’s beautiful! My fav part is where he’s ready to wring Harry’s neck because Scorpius is in tears caused by Harry’s bad parenting. Also, he apparently married for love and adored his wife Astoria which is something I really like. Too bad they killed her off to further his manpain and to cause his redemption arc to launch eventually. I’m still salty about this…
Drarry Friendship! - we finally get to see Draco and Harry as friends! And it’s great! Draco calling Harry out on his shit parenting - priceless.
Hilarious scenes - some of them are funny sorely because they plot is so ridiculous you just can’t help but laugh - For Voldemort and Valor, ruining VOLDEMORT DAY!!!1, upsetting the dementors, Scorpion King, I start laughing just by typing this the things are hilarious!
Angst and dealing with traumas - or in other words: Poor Harry… I’m sure all his angst scenes would’ve made me cry if I watched the play. Seriously heartbreaking stuff. Other peoples’ traumas were also addressed but mainly Harry’s.
Plot - it reads like a crack fanfiction and has so many plot holes it makes your head spin. So if you want to read this for the plot - you’ll be sorely disappointed, I think. Different time travel to begin with… also Voldemort had a functioning dick and actually used it and had a baby with Bellatrix in the goddamn Malfoy Manor and nobody noticed that or the 9 months of pregnancy like wtf…. Death Eater!Cedric because he was humiliated.. I have no words about this tbh… etc. etc. But once you just accept it’s a ridiculous plot, you can enjoy the script just fine. I think people are mostly disappointed because they expected an 8th book but TCC is not that. It’s a script for a play.
Some characters doing ooc things for the sake of the plot. As I mentioned - Cedric is my prime example here but other characters fit the bill like Harry… although ppl debate whether he was ooc at times and for me he was but anyway.. the thing is, the plot is not working well if you need to write characters ooc at times..
Ron and Love Potions - ugh, I get it that the Love Potion was mostly a plot device (and I guess a failed attempt at humor) but the whole thing is just gross and I don’t think Ron (who suffered the effects of a love potion) of all ppl would give Albus one.
The assured HETERONORMATIVITY - a.k.a Act 4 Scene 14. The whole script reads as a Scorbus romance in the progress. Not like a friendship. Like a romance. And yet both Scorpius and Albus say they have crushes only on female characters.
The Scorbus romance is treated at the end in such a blatant “no homo” backpedaling way that it’s both disappointing and irritating. I’ve seen posts excusing this by saying they are only 14 but the fact is there are 14 year-olds who know they are gay/bi/pan and for the sake of representation the writers could’ve written Albus and Scorpius as gay/bi/pan but they chose not to. They not only chose not to but they specifically made sure to mention how straight both characters are at the end of the script. People can headcanon all they want that Albus and Scorpius discover their sexualities later in life but the fact remains that there were no gay/bi representation in canon and that’s what really matters at the end of the day…
CONCLUSION: The script made canon some very key stuff I headcanoned about the next gen kids so I’m super happy about this. Also good dad!Draco and redemption arc + friends with Harry also makes me very happy! Scorbus scenes were delicious but heteronormativity shoved down my throat was not. I have mixed feelings about TCC tbh … It was mostly a fun read when it wasn’t trying to punch you in the heart with its angst. It’s a lot better than I expected tho!
And we did get good!Slytherin Scorpius & Albus as best friends and the Scorbus ship gained so many new fans and there are lots of new fics and art so all those are great!
The summary and the spoilers sounded a lot worse on their own, tbh. So give the script a chance :)