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Details From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child That Make No Sense

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Why Does it Rely So Heavily on Previous Stories?

Hagrid Harry Potter

Warner Bros.

There was plenty of opportunity to tell more stories in the world of Harry Potter. This is a world filled with limitless possibilities. Instead of exploring any of those stories, though, Cursed Child chooses to be in part a retread of stories we’ve already seen. That’s the conceit of time travel, but it also affords the readers or viewers of the play the chance to go on a nostalgia trip.

While that may sound good on paper, in practice it feels like a hollow exercise. If the only point of Cursed Child is to rehash ideas from previous stories, why does it exist at all? We can always just go back to those if we’re really feeling nostalgic.

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