Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most interesting Harry Potter books because it contains three generations of characters in it. From Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, and even the portrait of Albus Dumbledore to Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Draco to Albus, Scorpius, and Rose, this range of rich characters across generations was seldom seen in any Harry Potter book before. Furthermore, this play does justice to the notion that everybody makes mistakes and even children can sometimes be very wise and intelligent. The rapport between the characters in this play is very interesting and fun to witness.
Albus Severus Potter
Albus Severus Potter is the younger son of Harry Potter. He is the major protagonist in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and is an interesting but confused teenager trying to figure things out amidst the growing weight of his father Harry Potter’s shadow. He was named after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, which along with his parentage naturally incites several expectations.
However, Albus does not want to dwell in any of these, and starting from making friends with Scorpius Malfoy and getting sorted in Slytherin, Albus makes a variety of choices that would not be expected from him. He also steals the Time-Turner from the Ministry with his accomplices Scorpius and Delphi to go back in time and save Cedric Diggory which eventually results in causing a whole host of problems. However, eventually, he helps solve all the problems and makes peace with Harry about the legacy, and they both bond as father and son.
Scorpius Malfoy is the son of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Malfoy. He is one of the major protagonists in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He is a very chatty and enthusiastic boy who sadly is the butt of several jokes and rumors about his true parentage. Many people believe that he is the son of Voldemort. Albus, however, rubbishes this rumor and becomes friends with him. Scorpius is also in Slytherin like Albus and they become the best of friends. However, Scorpius’s mother Astoria dies when Scorpius is in his third year.
Scorpius eventually helps Albus steal the Time-Turner and they both try to save Cedric. However, in their second attempt, Scorpius is faced with a world ruled by Voldemort alone as Albus isn’t even born as Harry Potter was killed by Voldemort in this universe. They eventually set everything straight. Scorpius too, like Albus, has issues with his father Draco, and towards the end of the play, they try and solve it.
Cedric Diggory was a sixth-year student at Hogwarts and a Triwizard Tournament champion representing Hogwarts alongside Harry before he was killed by Peter Pettigrew on the orders of Voldemort. This happened after Harry and Cedric got teleported by the trophy which was a Portkey after they won the tournament.
However, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, after Amos Diggory asks Harry to go back in time using a Time-Turner and save Cedric, Albus, and Scorpius with the help of Delphi, go back in time to save Cedric. They repeatedly cast spells and insult him hoping he won’t make it till the third task. In the first two realities, we only hear about Cedric with him turning into a Death Eater in the second and killing Neville Longbottom. In the third alternate reality, we see Cedric in the play and he saves Albus and Scorpius amidst the Triwizard Tournament task from Delphi.
Harry Potter is the protagonist of all the Harry Potter books and is a major character in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well. He is the father of Albus Severus Potter, one of the protagonists of this play. Harry is married to Ginny Weasley and has two other children James Sirius Potter and Lily Luna Potter. Harry works at the Ministry of Magic as the head of Magical Law Enforcement. He is successful in catching Theodore Nott, a former Death Eater, and confiscates his Time-Turner which his son Albus eventually uses to change the past and prevent Cedric Diggory from getting killed. Harry undergoes a lot of difficulties in parenting his son Albus, and their relationship goes through a lot of turmoil before they manage to balance it carefully towards the end of this play.
Hermione Granger was also one of the most important characters in the Harry Potter book series as she was the best friend of Harry and Ron and was one of the brightest witches of her time and age. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she is married to Ron Weasley and is the Minister of Magic. She is a strong and competent Minister who is constantly on the lookout for any peril that may befall the magical world.
However, Hermione is also seen in two other alternate realities within the play where she appears very different from her original self. In one of the alternate realities, she is the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts and is unmarried. In the other alternate reality, she heads the band of resistance rebels fighting against Voldemort’s Augurey.
Ron Weasley is another protagonist from the Harry Potter books that has a significant role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child too. He is married to Hermione Granger and has two children with her named Rose Granger-Weasley and Hugo Granger-Weasley. Furthermore, Ron runs the Weasley Wizard Wheezes, the joke shop that the Weasley twins established in their Hogwarts days with his elder brother George.
Ron is a fun-loving and humorous person as he was in the Harry Potter books. However, there are two alternate realities where we see Ron in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In one, Ron is married to Padma Patil and has a son named Panju Weasley. In another, Ron is a member of the resistance alongside Snape and Hermione fighting against Voldemort’s forces.
Draco Malfoy used to be a bully and then a Death Eater like his father, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter books. However, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Draco’s arc is redemptive and he is a slightly better man. Although still sometimes very accusative of Harry, Draco seems to have learned from his mistakes and eventually becomes friends with Harry and lends him the Time-Turner that belongs to the Malfoy family to save Albus and Scorpius.
Ginny Weasley used to be an important character in the Harry Potter books as well. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ginny Potter (née Weasley), is the wife of Harry Potter and the editor of the Daily Prophet’s sports section. She is very supportive of Harry and is very kind to him despite his shortcomings. She is crucial in bridging the differences between Harry and Draco which eventually leads to them becoming friendly to each other.
Rose Granger-Weasley is the daughter of Hermione and Ron. She is a close friend and cousin of Albus but soon loses this bond after Albus becomes friends with Scorpius. She is sorted into the Gryffindor house like her parents and is happy about it. However, in both of the alternate versions of reality resulting from Albus and Scorpius’s time-traveling, she is non-existent.
James Sirius Potter Jr.
James Sirius Potter is the eldest son of Harry and Ginny. He is into Quidditch like his father and mother and is also very funny with him constantly teasing and scaring Albus about Hogwarts. He gets the Invisibility Cloak that Harry inherited from his father as a gift from Harry.
Lily Luna Potter
Lily Luna Potter is the youngest daughter of Harry and Ginny. She is younger than both James and Albus and is eventually sorted into Gryffindor some years after Albus joins Hogwarts.
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Professor Minerva McGonagall used to be the Vice-Headmistress and professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books. She is now the Headmistress of Hogwarts. She is very kind but stern. She is supportive of Harry and Scorpius’s friendship and questions Harry when he plans to break it.
Madam Hooch is a professor at Hogwarts. She teaches flying and also referees Quidditch matches.
Amos Diggory is the father of Cedric Diggory. He is very adamant about going back in time using the Time-Turner and saving Cedric’s life and comes to Harry’s house with his niece Delphi Diggory to discuss this. However, it is later found out that he does not have a niece and Delphi is in fact the daughter of Voldemort.
The prime antagonist of the Harry Potter book series, Lord Voldemort was a very strong dark wizard whom almost everybody in the wizarding world feared. Voldemort was defeated by Harry Potter in a battle fought at Hogwarts. However, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Voldemort makes only one appearance.
This happens when Harry, Hermione, Draco, Ron, and Ginny along with Albus and Scorpius, have caught hold of Delphi but suddenly, the time for Voldemort’s arrival in Godric’s Hollow approaches. This scene shows the historically accurate version of what happened the day Harry was saved from Voldemort by his parents and Voldemort disappeared.
Delphi is the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange born to them in the Malfoy Manor around the time of the Battle of Hogwarts. She is a very powerful wizard and is hellbent on getting Lord Voldemort back. She befriends Albus and Scorpius under the guise of being Amos’s niece and calls herself Delphi Diggory and then steals the Time-Turner from the Ministry of Magic with them.
She eventually reveals her true identity to them and forcibly makes them accompany her to the time in which Voldemort killed Harry’s parents. She is fooled by Harry who disguises himself as Voldemort and is eventually defeated by Harry and his friends.
Severus Snape was the professor of Potions and then of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. He was also the headmaster of Hogwarts immediately after the death of Albus Dumbledore. Although considered to be in league with Voldemort especially after he killed Albus Dumbledore, it was later revealed that he was helping Dumbledore all along and killed him explicitly on the latter’s orders.
At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Snape is killed by Voldemort. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Severus Snape appears in one of the alternate realities. He is a professor at Hogwarts but undercover, he is a member of the resistance along with Ron and Hermione and against Voldemort.
Albus Dumbledore was a much adored and very popular character in the Harry Potter book series. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Albus Dumbledore only appears as a portrait in the hospital wing and advises Harry on keeping Albus Severus Potter, his son, safe.
Polly Chapman is a student at Hogwarts from Slytherin house. She is also seen in an alternate version of reality where she asks Scorpius to go to prom with her.
The Trolley Witch is an elderly wizened lady who is responsible for keeping all the students in the Hogwarts Express aboard as is later found out. She is otherwise mainly known to be the witch who sells eatables and delicacies to students going to Hogwarts on the train.
Petunia Dursley is the aunt of Harry Potter and the sister of Harry’s mother Lily.
Dudley Dursley is the cousin of Harry and the son of Petunia and Vernon Dursley.
Vernon Dursley is the uncle of Harry and the husband of Petunia Dursley.
Hagrid is the gamekeeper and the keeper of keys at Hogwarts. He is also a very close friend of Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Dolores Umbridge was the undersecretary to the Minister of Magic and later even the Headmistress of Hogwarts for a short while. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she is only seen in an alternate reality where she is the Headmistress of Hogwarts and is in support of the Augurey, the group that is controlled by Voldemort after the death of Harry Potter in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Myrtle Warren, also known as Moaning Myrtle was a student at Hogwarts around 80 years before the time of Albus and Scorpius’s fourth year at Hogwarts. She is currently a ghost at Hogwarts and resides in the girls’ bathroom on the second floor. She is seen in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when Harry enquires about Albus.
James Potter Sr.
James Potter Sr. was the father of Harry Potter.
Lily Potter Sr.
Lily Potter Sr. was the mother of Harry Potter.
Viktor Krum was a champion in the Triwizard Tournament from the Durmstrang school. He also went to the Yule Ball with Hermione, a reality that changed when Albus and Scorpius tried to save Cedric by insulting him during the first task.
Bane is a centaur that resides in the Forbidden Forest. He warns Harry of a dark cloud revolving around Albus, something that Harry misinterprets to be a reference to Scorpius.
Ludo Bagman was the announcer and commentator of the Triwizard Tournament tasks. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we see him when Albus and Scorpius go back in time.
Craig Bowker Jr.
Craig Bowker Jr. is a student at Hogwarts and is in the same year as Albus and Scorpius. Sadly, he gets killed by Delphi when he comes to inform Albus that everybody is searching for him.
Astoria Malfoy is the mother of Scorpius Malfoy and the wife of Draco Malfoy. Sadly, she dies when Scorpius is in his third year at Hogwarts.
What did Ginny do after Hogwarts?
Ginny Weasley is seen in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as a mother of three, and married to Harry Potter. It is also revealed by Malfoy during a heated argument with Harry that Ginny is the editor of The Daily Prophet’s Sports Section. However, J. K. Rowling has also elaborated on Ginny’s career after her time at Hogwarts and has claimed that Ginny went on to have a successful career as a Quidditch player and is said to have played for the Hollyhead Harpies. After this tenure as a Quidditch player, she is said to have gotten her job as the editor in The Daily Prophet.
Who is cousin Victoire in Harry Potter?
Cousin Victoire is a reference to Victoire Weasley, the daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. She only appears in a short part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in its epilogue, the scene from which Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins. She is said to be kissing Teddy Lupin, the son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, and godson to Harry Potter. Victoire is said to have started her education at Hogwarts after 2010. Victoire is part Veela, as her mother, Fleur is also part Veela.
Who is the Cursed Child in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
While it feels like there should be an obvious answer to this, it is never clear or explicitly stated as to who the Cursed Child in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is. It could be Albus Severus potter as he is the one who is referred to as having a dark cloud around him by Bane. It could also be Scorpius Malfoy whose mother, Astoria suffers from a blood malediction curse that leads to her death. It could be Astoria herself, as she is the only one who is literally cursed, but this premise is far-fetched for the purpose of the play. It could even be Harry Potter as his childhood continues to cause problems for him and everyone he loves. In the end, there is no real explicit answer to who the cursed child is.