‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is a play that is based on the original story written by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. It consists of a lot of interesting situations, including the ones that occur in alternate realities, some of which readers of the Harry Potter books are already familiar with, while some other alternate realities are totally new for everyone. For instance, the first time Albus and Scorpius go back in time, they talk to the fourth-year Hermione Granger, whom we are familiar with from ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’
However, when they come back to the present from their second ‘time jump,’ Scorpius witnesses the horrors of the world ruled by Voldemort, something that is very terrifying. The story of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ has a lot of quotes, some of which are presented here.
Permanence of Love
Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.
These lines are spoken by Albus Dumbledore to Harry when Harry is deep in conversation with the former’s portrait in Harry’s office. After Harry starts getting visions and his scar starts hurting, one day, he is trying to sort his papers when he suddenly hears Albus Dumbledore’s portrait talk to him. They talk for a while, but Harry distances himself eventually from Dumbledore and blames him for trying to protect himself and claims that Dumbledore made it very difficult for Harry, leaving Harry alone to fight Voldemort. To this, Dumbledore starts crying and claims that he loved Harry but was afraid to admit it.
The two start bonding, but eventually, Dumbledore makes to leave the portrait, to which Harry suddenly responds and asks Dumbledore not to leave. To this, Dumbledore says the aforementioned lines and claims that despite him being dead and long gone, he has never left Harry in spirit, and that death, although powerful enough to end human lives, is no match to the bond that humans have with each other.
Living in the Past
It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?
These lines are spoken by Delphi when she visits Harry’s house with Amos Diggory. While Delphi is in disguise and pretends to be the niece of Amos and calls herself Delphi Diggory, she is still making a very valid statement that resonates with Albus throughout this play.
While he eventually recognizes her for who she is, it goes without saying that much of his initial appeal towards her and also his mild infatuation with her might be because, through these lines, she fulfills one of Albus’s most innate needs – to be understood.
The most essential conflict in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ and between Albus and Harry is that Harry fails to come out of his past and tries to live by it despite several years having gone by. His son Albus is named after two of the most important members crucial in helping him defeat Voldemort, and the fact that Albus is in Slytherin despite being the son of Harry Potter doesn’t seem to be helping Albus at all because of how the other kids make fun of him.
While it is not completely Harry’s fault either, and he is trying his best, Albus thinks of Harry as honoring his legacy more than loving him. This is evident from his eventual plan to prevent Cedric Diggory from getting killed by going to the past. The aforementioned words from Delphi just make for a perfectly soothing and caring thing that Albus hears.
Bravery and Stupidity
Bravery doesn’t forgive stupidity. Always think. Think what’s possible.
These lines are spoken by Professor McGonagall when she reprimands Albus and Scorpius, and the others for being very careless with the Time-Turner. When Scorpius tells them the story about the world that was ruled by Voldemort, Professor McGonagall is taken aback and extremely furious. She is angry with Hermione and everybody else, too, for being irresponsible with the Time-Turner.
Furthermore, she explains that although the intentions of Albus and Scorpius to prevent Cedric Diggory from getting killed can be seen as brave, there is no telling how horrible it would be if they ended up in a world that was ruled by Voldemort. Furthermore, she admits that all of them are too young, and some of her dearest friends sacrificed a lot to protect the world from getting into the hands of Voldemort. Eventually, she makes the aforementioned statement and implies that while bravery is a rare and commendable quality to have or act upon, it never forgives stupidity, and anyone’s actions, if stupid, lead to terrible consequences no matter how brave their intentions are.
Well. Hello. Yeh must be Harry. Hello, Harry Potter. I’m Rubeus Hagrid. And I’m gonna be yer friend whether yeh like it or not. ’Cos yeh’ve had it tough, not that yeh know it yet. An’ yer gonna need friends. Now yeh best come with me, don’t yeh think?
One of the most interesting pieces of trivia about ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is that not only does the beginning of the play coincide with the ending of the Harry Potter book series, the ending of the play almost coincides with the beginning of the Harry Potter series making it an interesting time loop. These lines are spoken by Hagrid right after he comes to Godric’s Hollow to take Harry safely away from the wreckage. These lines connect the beginning of the Harry Potter book series in that, after this scene, Hagrid takes Harry to Privet Drive, where Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall are waiting for them.
Furthermore, these lines are also very illustrative of the idea of friendship. Hagrid ends up developing a very close friendship with Harry and even Ron and Hermione. Like Hagrid says, he understands that Harry has been through a lot, and he extends his support and hand at friendship. He protects Harry and safely carries him to a place that would keep him safe for another ten years, after which Hagrid comes back again to pick Harry up for school at Hogwarts. These lines resonate both with the idea of friendship and with how closely related these instances in time from different works of literature are to each other, a delight to the reader.
Why is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in two parts?
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is a play written by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany in two parts. When asked in an interview, J. K. Rowling is said to have claimed that ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ was split into two parts because it is way too epic to fit into only one play. It had a lot of details that could only be done justice by splitting it into two parts. Therefore, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is a play written in two parts, with each part having two acts.
How long is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
The play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is 3 hours and 45 minutes long, including one intermission. However, the books that contain the play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ are significantly shorter than most of the Harry Potter books. While the Special Rehearsal Edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ runs up to 328 pages, the Definitive Collector’s Edition of the play runs only up to 321 pages. Also, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ is the longest play staged on Broadway.
Did Cedric Diggory become a Death Eater?
Yes. Sadly, in one of the alternate realities that resulted from Albus and Scorpius going back in time, Cedric Diggory did, in fact, become a Death Eater. This happened after Scorpius and Albus insulted Cedric to prevent him from participating in the Triwizard Tournament to eventually save his life. However, in this reality, Cedric went on to become a Death Eater and eventually killed Neville Longbottom, who in the real timeline killed Nagini, thereby destroying all the Horcruxes of Voldemort, which helped Harry kill Voldemort and end the war.