DELPHI (to Albus): … your weakness was the same as your father’s: friendship.
Okay, one of the things I couldn’t stand about Albus in Cursed Child is that he acted like a spoiled brat. That was never Harry’s M.O. After living with the Dursley’s, he wouldn’t know where to begin being spoiled. However, if Harry grew up in a loving home provided by Lily and James, whose to say he might not have been a bit spoiled and bratty—James was until Lily got a hold of his heart strings.
I digress before I even begin. Delphi accuses Albus of having the same weakness as his father. Albus, who feels he’s nothing like Harry seems to be more like his father than he thinks. Friendship was always Harry’s “weakness” in the eyes of Voldemort. But that weakness turned out to be Harry’s greatest strength in the end.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Delphi’s greatest weakness is the same as her father’s, only she thinks it is a strength—her self-inflicted inability to have close friendships because of her self-inflicted inability to love. What she thinks is a strength leads to her end, just like with her father.
This is a long, but great passage from the Old Testament that I think applies to both Albus and Delphi’s relationship to their fathers:
“But suppose that sinful son, in turn, has a son who sees his father’s wickedness and decides against that kind of life. 15 This son refuses to worship idols on the mountains and does not commit adultery. 16 He does not exploit the poor, but instead is fair to debtors and does not rob them. He gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy. 17 He helps the poor,[b] does not lend money at interest, and obeys all my regulations and decrees. Such a person will not die because of his father’s sins; he will surely live. 18 But the father will die for his many sins—for being cruel, robbing people, and doing what was clearly wrong among his people.
19 “‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. 20 The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. 21 But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. 22 All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.
23 “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. 24 However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.
25 “Yet you say, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ Listen to me, O people of Israel. Am I the one not doing what’s right, or is it you? 26 When righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things, they will die for it. Yes, they will die because of their sinful deeds. 27 And if wicked people turn from their wickedness, obey the law, and do what is just and right, they will save their lives. 28 They will live because they thought it over and decided to turn from their sins. Such people will not die. 29 And yet the people of Israel keep saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ O people of Israel, it is you who are not doing what’s right, not I.
30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you!31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live! ~ Ezekiel 18:14-32 NLT
Just because our parents behaved a certain way, doesn’t mean we have to. And vice versa. We are each our own person. We each get to make our own choices. And those choices will have consequences. Good choices = Good consequences. Bad choices = Bad consequences. And God’s really hoping we choose the good. That’s why he sent all the prophets and then his Son, Jesus. He’s giving us every means possible to choose the good path that leads to a great, everlasting life.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave[g] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.[h]” ~ John 3:16-21 NLT