20Draco Malfoy Has A Time-Turner

A “deus ex machina” is a type of sloppy plot device that has plagued stories since Ancient Greece – and sadly, one crops up in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. For those not up on their storytelling terminology, a deus ex machina occurs in any work of fiction when

a seemingly impossible scenario is overcome through a sudden, implausibly opportune turn of events.

That’s pretty much the best way to describe what happens in Act 4 of the play’s second part, when Draco Malfoy discloses that he secretly possessed another Time-Turner all this time. Not only is this beyond convenient – without this random revelation, our heroes would never be able to go back in time and rescue Albus and Scorpius – it’s incredibly clumsy writing, to boot!

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