For Voldemort And Valor: Thoughts on Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
I finished reading Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in something like four hours because I couldn't put it down. I know that there are two parts to the play but, for me, the first act ended (pg. 160 in the hardcover edition) so perfectly that any continuation seems superfluous.
For a long time I've had a theory that, in Deathly Hollows, Harry Potter runs into the forest at the Battle of Hogwarts and is immediately killed by Voldemort. When Voldemort casts the killing curse it sends Harry on an introspective journey into the afterlife- and that journey is the basis for the rest of the book. Basically, anything that happens after Harry gets his with the killing curse just takes place in his mind as he is dying. By thinking of the story in that way I am totally able to stomach the ending of the series because, in reality, Voldemort wins.
A lot of my friends have fought me on that theory.
I really enjoyed Harry Potter & The Cursed Child because of the way it deals with time turners and the way they can be manipulated to achieve different ends. The existence, and usage, of time turners gives credence to my theory because it supports multiple timelines and multiple realities. If one were to travel back in time and arrive during the Battle of Hogwarts, even something as small as a sneeze could cause the Dark Lord to triumph... so long as it distracted the right people.