This article contains major spoilers from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and is meant to for people who have either seen the play or read the script book. Or are J.K. Rowling. If none of those apply to you, read on at your own risk!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is truly a magical and thrilling experience to see play out on stage. While the stage production allowed for some spectacular effects and a suspenseful pace, which builds between parts 1 and 2, seeing (or reading) the eighth story told this way is undoubtedly an adjustment for those of us who are used to the novels. With that in mind, there are parts of Cursed Child that likely couldn't be fleshed out. J.K. Rowling is well known for her notes and outlines, which makes us hopeful that she'll share further details and information about some of the twists and reveals that she, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany offered in the eighth story of her beloved series. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of lingering questions we'd love to have answered...
Why do the time-turners work differently in the play than they did in the books?
Maybe this is really a matter of how the story was presented to us in the play, versus how things played out in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but the way I always understood time travel and the time turners in the Harry Potter universe, was that whatever will happen, did happen. Meaning, Buckbeak never actually dies because Harry and Hermione would go on to travel back and save him. And Harry's patronus shows up to save him and Sirius from the dementors because Harry survived and went back in time to send the patronus. It's all a loop, right?
In Cursed Child, Scorpius and Albus change the timeline. They make alterations that shift things so that when they return to the present, the world is different. Are we misinterpreting how the original time turners worked? Does that mean that there was, at one point, an alternate timeline out there where Buckbeak is dead? Because if so, how does Harry survive the Dementor's kiss in order to live to go back in time and save himself?
Or do these new time turners have the added ability of rewriting history and making changes to what will be?
I'm inclined to think it's the latter, and that the time turners featured in Cursed Child came with the added, more powerful ability to alter the past. Still, I'd love a detailed explanation about how this works. Preferably with graphs and drawings to illustrate the timelines.