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|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child|
|Date premiered||30 July 2016|
|Place premiered||Palace Theatre, London|
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 2016 British two-part play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne.Previews of the play began at the Palace Theatre, London, on 7 June 2016, and it premiered on 30 July 2016. The play opened on Broadway on 21 April 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, with previews starting on 16 March 2018. Its cast is similar to that of the first year in the West End, with returning actors Anthony Boyle, Sam Clemmett, Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miller, Jamie Parker, Alex Price, and Paul Thornley.
The story begins nineteen years after the events of the 2007 novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play is marketed as the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.
The play received enthusiastic critical reception, although the script was not received well by some of the Harry Potter fandom. At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, the London production received a record-breaking eleven nominations and won another record-breaking nine awards, including Best New Play. At the 2018 Tony Awards, the Broadway production won six awards, including Best Play. The play also set the record for highest all-time weekly ticket sales of any play, grossing over $2.5 million at the Lyric Theater for the week ending 30 December 2018.
In June 2021, the production team announced that the play would be re-staged as a single show for future performances on Broadway beginning in November 2021, as well the San Francisco and Toronto productions beginning in 2022. The existing two-part play will continue to be staged in London, Melbourne and Hamburg. Other details regarding the single-part version, such as length, have yet to be released.
In December 2013, it was revealed that a stage play based on the Harry Potter series had been in development for around a year, with the view to bringing it to the stage sometime in 2016. At the time of the announcement, author J. K. Rowling revealed that the play would 'explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast'. The following May, Rowling began establishing the creative team for the project.
On 26 June 2015, this project was officially confirmed under the title of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it was revealed it would receive its world premiere in mid-2016 at London's Palace Theatre. The announcement marked the eighteenth anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published on 26 June 1997.
On announcing plans for the project, Rowling stated that the play would not be a prequel. In response to queries regarding the choice of a play rather than a new novel, Rowling stated that she 'is confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it is the only proper medium for the story'. Rowling also assured audiences that the play would contain an entirely new story and would not be a rehashing of previously explored content. On 24 September 2015, Rowling announced that the play had been split into two parts. The parts are designed to be viewed on the same day or consecutively over two evenings.
On 23 October 2015, it was confirmed the plays were set nineteen years after the conclusion of the final novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and would open at London's Palace Theatre in July 2016. The plays principally follow Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter.
The play is divided in two parts, consisting of two acts each.
In the opening scene, set during the epilogue of Deathly Hallows in the year 2017, Harry and Ginny Potter send their son, Albus Severus, on the Hogwarts Express to begin his first year at Hogwarts. Harry works a desk job as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, while Ginny is the editor of the sports section of The Daily Prophet. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also send their daughter Rose on the train. Hermione is now Minister of Magic, while Ron manages Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley alongside his older brother George Weasley. On his first trip aboard the Hogwarts Express, Albus forms an unlikely friendship with Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Harry's former nemesis Draco and his wife Astoria (née Greengrass). Unlike his father, Scorpius is very polite and very nerdy. The school is stunned when, in a break with the tradition of Potters being sorted into Gryffindor, Albus is sorted into Slytherin alongside Scorpius.
Both boys are bullied by other students over the next few years, Albus due to his perceived failure to live up to his parents, Scorpius due to unproven rumours that he is the son of Lord Voldemort. Scorpius's mother then passes away due to a fatal disease. Albus and Harry drift apart due to Albus's struggles with his father's shadow and Harry's uncertainty on how to deal with his son's problems. Albus also drifts apart from Rose, with whom he was close before meeting Scorpius. Prior to his fourth year, Albus gets into a fight with his father after being given the latter's baby blanket and a love potion from Ron. During the fight, Harry angrily says that he sometimes wishes Albus was not his son, and Albus spills the potion on the blanket.
Harry obtains a prototype of a more powerful version of the Time-Turner that allows one to travel into the past and change history. Simultaneously, Harry's scar starts hurting again, causing him to become concerned that Voldemort may be returning. Amos Diggory, who has become old and is cared for by his niece Delphi, asks Harry to use the Time-Turner to prevent the death of his son, Cedric. After overhearing Harry refuse to help the Diggorys, Albus is inspired to do so and convinces Scorpius to help him. The two escape from the Hogwarts Express to visit Amos, and they team up with Delphi to steal the Time-Turner from Hermione's office, in the Ministry of Magic, while disguised with Polyjuice Potion.
Knowing that Cedric's death was the result of him winning the Triwizard Tournament alongside Harry, the boys use the Time-Turner to travel back to the first tournament challenge in 1994. The two disguise themselves as Durmstrang students in an attempt to sabotage Cedric to prevent his victory. The plan fails, and the disguises cause Hermione to become suspicious of Viktor Krum, a Durmstrang student, and go to the Yule Ball with Ron instead. As a result, Ron never experiences the jealousy fundamental to his relationship with Hermione, and the two never marry. Ron instead falls in love with Padma Patil at the Ball, and Hermione becomes a frustrated and mean professor at Hogwarts, teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts.
Meanwhile, Harry has nightmares about Voldemort as he grows suspicious that the wizard will return. A centaur named Bane tells Harry that a 'dark cloud' is around Albus. Convinced that Scorpius is a threat to Albus, Harry tries to have the boys kept apart at Hogwarts by attempting to force HeadmistressMinerva McGonagall to keep tabs on Albus using the Marauder's Map.
Albus and Scorpius' friendship is destroyed, but the two eventually reconcile after Albus steals Harry's old Invisibility Cloak from Albus's older brother James Sirius. Harry is persuaded to relent after a conversation with Draco and Ginny. Meanwhile, Albus and Scorpius make another attempt to use the Time-Turner to change Cedric's fate, this time by humiliating him during the Triwizard Tournament's second task. When Scorpius returns to the present day, however, Albus is not with him. Dolores Umbridge walks up to him and reveals that Harry is dead and Lord Voldemort rules the wizarding world.
Scorpius discovers that as a result of his actions, Cedric joined the Death Eaters and killed Neville Longbottom, preventing him from killing Nagini and allowing Voldemort to win the Battle of Hogwarts. With Harry now dead, Albus never existed, while Voldemort was able to completely consolidate power and transform the Ministry of Magic into a dictatorial regime. In the new timeline, Scorpius became a popular Head Boy and Quidditch star, helping the staff and students torment Muggle-borns. Umbridge became the new Headmistress of Hogwarts and patrols the school with Dementors and a revived Inquisitorial Squad led by Scorpius.
A powerful dark figure called 'The Augurey' leads the Ministry of Magic. With help from Ron, Hermione, and Severus Snape, now the final members of a dwindling anti-Voldemort resistance movement, Scorpius is able to use the Time-Turner to prevent the interference of Albus and his past self and restore the events of the original timeline, the alternate Ron, Hermione, and Snape sacrificing themselves to the Dementors in order to allow him to do so. Scorpius reunites with Albus, and the two boys are eventually found by their parents, as well as Ron and Hermione. Following these events, Harry scolds Albus for his actions, but the two nevertheless begin to reconcile.
Realising the danger the Time-Turner poses, Scorpius and Albus attempt to destroy it themselves, but they are joined by Delphi. Scorpius notices that Delphi has a tattoo of an Augurey and realizes she was in charge of the Ministry of Magic in the alternate timeline. Delphi takes them captive, killing a fellow student in the process, and reveals her intention of restoring the alternate timeline.
After Ron reveals he saw Albus and Scorpius with Delphi while he was in Hogsmeade with Neville, Harry and Draco confront Amos, only to discover Delphi had bewitched him into thinking she was his niece. Delphi takes the boys to the final challenge of the Triwizard Tournament, but Albus and Scorpius prevent her from acting, and Delphi uses the Time-Turner again to travel farther back in time. She inadvertently takes the boys with her and then destroys the Time-Turner to leave them stranded in time.
Searching Delphi's room, Harry, Draco, Ginny, Hermione, and Ron discover hidden writing on the walls describing a prophecy that will allow Voldemort to return. Draco questions why she would be so obsessed with Voldemort's return, as Ginny finds writing on the ceiling that claims Delphi is the daughter of Voldemort.
Albus and Scorpius discover they have been taken back to the night before Harry's parents were killed and assume Delphi is planning to kill Harry before Voldemort attempts to do so. Albus and Scorpius write an invisible message on Harry's baby blanket, knowing in the present, the blanket would become stained with a love potion and expose the message. The message reads: 'Dad.Help.Godric's Hollow.31/10/1981.'
Meanwhile, Draco reveals the Time-Turner was actually a prototype for a perfected model owned by him, but they remain unable to rescue the boys due to their uncertainty over which time period they have entered. After Harry receives the message from the boys, he and his allies use Draco's Time-Turner to travel back in time to save them and stop Delphi. While waiting for Delphi, they deduce she intends to convince Voldemort to abandon his doomed attempt to kill Harry, ensuring her father's survival and allowing her to be with him.
Harry disguises himself as Voldemort using Transfiguration to distract Delphi; after a struggle, the group manages to subdue her. Rather than killing Delphi, it is decided that she will be given a life sentence in Azkaban Prison. Lord Voldemort then appears and is oblivious to the presence of Harry and the group. The group allows the murder of Harry's parents to play out again, unwilling to risk the consequences of altering the past.
After returning to the present day, Delphi is sent to Azkaban. Albus and Scorpius now decide to be more active at Hogwarts, with Scorpius expressing interest in trying out for the Slytherin Quidditch Team and asking Rose out on a date. Harry and Albus visit Cedric's grave, with Harry apologizing for his role in Cedric's death.
|Production||Venue/Location||First Preview||Opening Night||Closing Night|
|West End (London)||Palace Theatre||7 June 2016 (Part One), 9 June 2016 (Part Two)||30 July 2016||Currently running|
|Broadway (New York)||Lyric Theatre||16 March 2018 (Part One), 17 March 2018 (Part Two)||22 April 2018||Currently running|
|Melbourne||Princess Theatre||18 January 2019 (Part One), 19 January 2019 (Part Two)||23 February 2019||Currently running|
|San Francisco||Curran Theatre||23 October 2019 (Part One), 24 October 2019 (Part Two)||1 December 2019||Currently running|
|Hamburg||Mehr! Theater||7 February 2020 (Part One), 8 February 2020 (Part Two)||5 December 2021||Currently running|
|Toronto||Ed Mirvish Theatre||Early 2022||31 May 2022||TBC|
|Tokyo||TBS Akasaka ACT Theater||Mid 2022||TBC||TBC|
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play, was written by British playwright Jack Thorne based on an original story by Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. Some websites were listing all three as authors of the script but by 26 July 2016, the official website for the play and many others were listing Thorne as the sole script writer.
The play is directed by Tiffany with choreography by Steven Hoggett, set design by Christine Jones, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, and sound design by Gareth Fry. In addition, special effects were created by Jeremy Chernick, with illusions by Jamie Harrison, and musical supervision by Martin Lowe.
The producers and Rowling have maintained a campaign called #KeepTheSecrets to ask people who have seen the play not to reveal its major twists. The slogan is printed on the tickets for the play and badges with the slogan are handed out for free during intervals. People buying their tickets online are emailed a video after the play from J.K. Rowling asking them to support the campaign.
Previews at the West EndPalace Theatre began on 7 June 2016, with the official opening night for both parts on 30 July, and originally booking until 18 September 2016. Tickets went on sale to pre-registered priority bookers on 28 October 2015, with a public sale scheduled to commence on 30 October. In just under 8 hours of priority booking 175,000 tickets were sold for the world premiere production, with the play's booking period extended to January 2017. On commencement of the public sale booking was extended until 30 April 2017, with a further extension issued the same day to 27 May 2017.
Tickets for the opening performance were priced from £30 up to £130 for a ticket for both parts, although ticket resale agencies were selling seats for up to £3,000. Ticket resale has been banned by the producers, with tickets no longer valid if sold on. In mid-July 2016, the theatre began holding a ticket lottery at 1 pm each Friday, releasing 40 for sale on their website for 'some of the best seats' in the theatre for the lowest price, advertised at £20 per part. For example, the 'Friday Forty' tickets sold on 29 July 2016 were for performances on 3, 5, 6, and 7 August.
On 20 December 2015, initial casting was announced with Jamie Parker playing Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni playing Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley playing Ron Weasley. The casting of the dark-skinned Noma Dumezweni as Hermione sparked fervent discussion, to which Rowling responded that Hermione's skin was never specified as white. Further notable casting includes Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Sam Clemet as Albus Severus Potter and Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy. The production features an overall cast of 42. The renewed cast for 2021 features 43 actresses and actors.
The production began previews on 16 March 2018, officially opening on 22 April at the Lyric Theatre. Clemmett, Boyle, Dumezweni, Miller, Parker, Price and Thornley reprised their roles, from the West End. The theatre removed 400 seats from the auditorium and moved the entrance to 43rd Street. Tickets initially went on sale on 18 October 2017, for performances from 16 March through 18 November 2018.The New York Times estimates that it is the most expensive non-musical Broadway play ever, incurring $68 million in opening costs. As of 12 March 2020, the show suspended production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 12 July 2021, it was announced that the show would reopen on 12 November 2021 at the Lyric Theatre. This re-opening will be condensed into one show, instead of the previously performed two-part show.
On 24 October 2017, the Michael Cassel Group announced that it would be producing the Australian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The preview shows started on 18 January 2019 at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, and the opening night was on 23 February. The show reportedly has an exclusive two-year residency at the Princess Theatre. Presale tickets were released on 2 August 2018, selling more than 200,000 tickets in just four days, before the public sale tickets were released.
The 35 original Australian adult cast was revealed on 2 September and includes Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, and William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy.
On 22 May 2019, it was announced that the production would have its first Canadian premiere in Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre. Due to the pandemic, its opening has been delayed until 31 May 2022, when it will be presented as the newly staged one-show version developed for North America.
Cast and principal roles
|Character||Original West End Cast|
|Original Broadway Cast|
|Original Melbourne Cast||Original San Francisco Cast|
|Harry Potter||Jamie Parker||Gareth Reeves||John Skelley|
|Ron Weasley||Paul Thornley||Gyton Grantley||David Abeles|
|Hermione Granger||Noma Dumezweni||Paula Arundell||Yanna McIntosh|
|Ginny Potter||Poppy Miller||Lucy Goleby||Angela Reed|
|Draco Malfoy||Alex Price||Tom Wren||Lucas Hall|
|Albus Severus Potter||Sam Clemmett||Sean Rees-Wemyss||Benjamin Papac|
|Scorpius Malfoy||Anthony Boyle||William McKenna||Jon Steiger|
|Rose Granger-Weasley||Cherrelle Skeete||Susan Heyward||Manali Datar||Folami Williams|
|Delphi Diggory||Esther Smith||Jessie Fisher||Madeleine Jones||Emily Juliette Murphy|
|Craig Bowker Jr.||Jeremy Ang Jones||Joshua DeJesus||Slone Sudiro||Irving Dyson Jr.|
|Moaning Myrtle||Annabel Baldwin||Lauren Nicole Cipoletti||Gillian Cosgriff||Brittany Zeinstra|
|Lily Potter Sr.|
|Polly Chapman||Claudia Grant||Madeline Weinstein||Jessica Vickers||Lauren Zakrin|
|Vernon Dursley||Paul Bentall||Byron Jennings||David Ross Patterson||Andrew Long|
|Rubeus Hagrid||Chris Jarman||Brian Abraham||Soren Jensen||Julian Rozzell, Jr.|
|Yann Fredericks||Jenet Le Lacheur||Jess Barbagallo||Connor Sweeney||Corey Hedy|
|Petunia Dursley||Helena Lymbery||Kathryn Meisle||Hannah Waterman||Katherine Leask|
|Madam Hooch||Theo Allyn|
|Amos Diggory||Barry McCarthy||Edward James Hyland||George Henare||Charles Janasz|
|Trolley Witch||Sandy McDade||Geraldine Hughes||Debra Lawrance||Katherine Leask|
|Minerva McGonagall||Shannon Cochran|
|Cedric Diggory||Tom Milligan||Benjamin Wheelwright||David Simes||William Bednar-Carter|
|James Sirius Potter|
|James Potter Sr.|
|Dudley Dursley||Jack North||Joey LaBrasca||Hamish Johnston||Tuck Sweeney|
|Viktor Krum||Connor Sweeney|
|Bane||Nuno Silva||David St. Louis||Iopu Auva'a||Logan James Hall|
|Young Harry Potter||Rudi Goodman|
Tyler Patrick Hennessy
|Lily Luna Potter||Zoe Brough|
West End replacements
- Harry Potter: Jamie Glover
- Ron Weasley: Thomas Aldridge
- Hermione Granger: Rakie Ayola, Michelle Gayle
- Ginny Potter: Emma Lowndes
- Draco Malfoy: James Howard
- Harry Potter: James Snyder
- Hermione Granger: Jenny Jules
Special Rehearsal Edition cover
|Published||31 July 2016 (Special Rehearsal Edition)|
25 July 2017 (Definitive Collector's Edition)
|31 July 2016|
|Pages||328 (Special Rehearsal Edition)|
321 (Definitive Collector's Edition)
|ISBN||978-1-338-09913-3 (US); 978-0-7515-6535-5 (UK)|
Both parts of the stage play's script have been released in print and digital formats as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.
The first edition, the Special Rehearsal Edition, corresponded to the script used in the preview shows and was published on 31 July 2016, the date of Harry's birthday in the series and Rowling's birthday, as well. Since revisions to the script continued after the book was printed, an edited version was released on 25 July 2017, as the 'Definitive Collector's Edition'. According to CNN, this was the most preordered book of 2016.
In the United States and Canada, the book sold over 2 million copies in its first two days of release. 847,885 copies were sold during the book's first week of release in the United Kingdom. By June 2017, the book had sold over 4.5 million copies in the United States.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has received critical acclaim. Some audiences and critics have complimented the casting and performances, while many debate the quality of the piece and how it compares to entries in the main Harry Potter series.
Publications awarding five star ratings included The Independent, the London Evening Standard, The Stage and WhatsOnStage.com.The Telegraph also gave five, although 'there are some quibbles,' while The Guardian's Michael Billington awarded four stars.
Anthony Boyle's performance as Scorpius Malfoy garnered particular acclaim. WhatsOnStage.com wrote that 'Boyle gives a career-making performance,' while The Wall Street Journal described him as 'the break-out performance'.Variety's critic, Matt Trueman, agreed, writing, 'it's Boyle who really stands out', and both Trueman and Henry Hitchings, in the Evening Standard, noted that his performance was sure to be a fan favourite.
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Response within the Harry Potter fandom
The response to the play from the Harry Potterfandom was polarizing. Fans responded positively to the play and its characters, with Scorpius Malfoy being particularly popular. Some fans commented that the dialogue between the familiar characters was 'spot on', celebrating it as a faithful continuation of the books. Others have noted that the play sheds light on some of the relationships between the characters, such as Harry and Dumbledore's. The response had been particularly positive among fans who watched the play on stage.
Some fans however, said the story seemed more 'like a work of fan fiction' and said that it diverged from previously established rules of the universe, criticising the script's characterisation. Some also took issue with the style and plot of the script, complaining that the Time-Turner storylines had already been used, as had Cedric Diggory's death, and that the writers were rehashing old storylines and over-played tropes of the fantasy/sci-fi genre. These criticisms have led to some of the fandom rejecting the play as separate from the Pottercanon. Rowling, however, feels the story should be considered canon.
The stage play's 'ambiguously gay' portrayal of the male friendship between Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy has been criticized as an example of 'queerbaiting', with director John Tiffany stating his belief that it 'would not [have] been appropriate' for The Cursed Child to directly address the characters' sexualities.
Awards and nominations
Original West End production
|2016||Evening Standard Theatre Award||Best Play||Won|
|Best Director||John Tiffany||Nominated|
|Best Design||Christine Jones||Nominated|
|Emerging Talent Award||Anthony Boyle||Nominated|
|Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Director||John Tiffany||Won|
|Best Designer||Christine Jones||Won|
|Most Promising Newcomer||Anthony Boyle||Won|
|2017||WhatsOnStage Award||Best New Play||Won|
|Best Actor in a Play||Jamie Parker||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Play||Anthony Boyle||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Play||Poppy Miller||Nominated|
|Best Direction||John Tiffany||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Katrina Lindsay||Nominated|
|Best Set Design||Christine Jones||Won|
|Best Lighting Design||Neil Austin||Won|
|Best Video Design||Finn Ross and Ash Woodward||Won|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best New Play||Won|
|Best Director||John Tiffany||Won|
|Best Actor||Jamie Parker||Won|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Noma Dumezweni||Won|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Anthony Boyle||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Katrina Lindsay||Won|
|Best Set Design||Christine Jones||Won|
|Best Sound Design||Gareth Fry||Won|
|Best Lighting Design||Neil Austin||Won|
|Best Theatre Choreographer||Steven Hoggett||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Music||Imogen Heap||Nominated|
|2018||WhatsOnStage Award||Best West End Show||Won|
|Best Show Poster||Won|
Original Broadway production
|2018||Tony Awards||Best Play||Won|||
|Best Actor in a Play||Jamie Parker||Nominated|
|Best Featured Actor in a Play||Anthony Boyle||Nominated|
|Best Featured Actress in a Play||Noma Dumezweni||Nominated|
|Best Direction of a Play||John Tiffany||Won|
|Best Choreography||Steven Hoggett||Nominated|
|Best Scenic Design in a Play||Christine Jones||Won|
|Best Costume Design in a Play||Katrina Lindsay||Won|
|Best Lighting Design in a Play||Neil Austin||Won|
|Best Sound Design in a Play||Gareth Fry||Won|
|Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Anthony Boyle||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Director of a Play||John Tiffany||Won|
|Outstanding Music in a Play||Imogen Heap||Won|
|Outstanding Costume Design for a Play||Katrina Lindsay||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play||Neil Austin||Won|
|Outstanding Projection Design||Finn Ross and Ash Woodward||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Design in a Play||Gareth Fry||Won|
|Outstanding Wig and Hair||Carole Hancock||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding New Broadway Play||Won|||
|Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Anthony Boyle||Nominated|
|Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)||Imogen Heap||Nominated|
|Outstanding Director of a Play||John Tiffany||Won|
|Outstanding Choreographer||Steven Hoggett||Nominated|
|Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)||Christine Jones||Won|
|Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)||Katrina Lindsay||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)||Neil Austin||Won|
|Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)||Finn Ross and Ash Woodward||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)||Gareth Fry||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play||Won|||
|Distinguished Performance Award||Anthony Boyle||Nominated|
|2020||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Imogen Heap(producer & composer)||Nominated|||
Original Australian production
|2019||Helpmann Awards||Best Play||Nominated|||
|Best Male Actor in a Play||William McKenna||Nominated|
|Best Female Actor in a Play||Paula Arundell||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Imogen Heap||Nominated|
|Best Scenic Design||Christine Jones||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Katrina Lindsay||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design||Neil Austin||Won|
|Best Sound Design||Gareth Fry||Nominated|
In November 2021, Chris Columbus, who previously directed the first two installments of the Harry Potter film series, expressed interest in directing a film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with the intent of having the main cast members reprise their roles.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two
- Jack Thorne (original story and play)
- J. K. Rowling (original story only)
- John Tiffany (original story only)
It was marketed as the 'eighth story' of Harry Potter, taking place after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
J. K. Rowling wanted the plot of the play to remain a secret for as long as possible. Following the opening night of the first preview, she started a #KeepTheSecrets campaign.
The script book was released on 31 July2016, the day of the opening night following the previews. Many bookstores around the world hosted midnight release parties. The Definitive Edition of the script was released on 25 July 2017.
- 2.1Part l
- 2.2Part II
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
The play begins on Platform 9 3/4 and picks up from where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off, with a few modifications. Albus Potter and Rose Granger-Weasley say goodbye to their parents and board the train. Harry Potter, Ginevra Weasley, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger wonder whether their children will be okay. Ron remembers his time at Hogwarts.
Albus and Rose wander around the train looking for a compartment to sit in. Rose reminds Albus that their parents met on the train, so decides that finding the right compartment to sit in is very important as they too could meet their lifelong friends here. They open the door to one compartment and find Scorpius Malfoy sitting there. They shyly introduce themselves and Scorpius makes a joke about their parents rivalry. Albus and Scorpius get along very well, but Rose leaves to look for another compartment because she thinks that Scorpius is nothing but trouble. Albus stays and the two become friends, sharing stories and sweets on the journey to Hogwarts.
When the train reaches Hogwarts, the students attend the Sorting ceremony. The Sorting Hat places Rose in Gryffindor, and both Scorpius and Albus in Slytherin. Albus sits next to Scorpius at their table. Unfortunately, Albus is mocked by the other students for being a Potter in Slytherin as every Potter had been placed in Gryffindor. He does not have a natural gift for magic and struggles at his first flying lesson, where the other children call him the 'Slytherin Squib.'
The following three years of school are tough for Albus and he begins to feel like he has to isolate himself from his father since being a Potter is the reason why great things are being expected from him. Rose has a better time at Hogwarts, becoming very popular and a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
When Albus tells Harry he wants to be alone on the platform before he goes to school in his third year for that reason, Harry is hurt by this and thinks Scorpius is the reason why, requesting Albus to sever his friendship with him. He refuses. After Albus leaves, Draco Malfoy goes up to Harry and asks him for his help in ending a rumour that he and Astoria couldn't conceive a child and used a time-turner to go back in time to conceive one with Voldemort instead. Harry says he cannot do that and they part ways.
The next summer, Harry Potter retrieves a time-turner with the help of the Ministry of Magic created by Theodore Nott. Hermione visits him as she is now Minister for Magic to ask Harry to complete the paperwork he is yet to do and to start work on the other tasks he was given. Harry reminds her that he has lots of work he will get round to in his own time and that he did very recently find a dangerous new object. Hermione and Harry agree the time-turner must be destroyed. They put it away. When Albus finds Scorpius, it is evident that Scorpius did not have a good summer. Scorpius tells him about the death of his mother that summer and asks him to attend the funeral, which Albus agrees to.
A year later, Amos Diggory turns up at Harry's home and asks him to use the time-turner to go back in time and save Cedric Diggory. Amos went round to the house from his care home when Harry kept rescheduling the meeting Amos kept arranging. Harry refuses since saying he cannot meddle with time. Meanwhile, Albus is secretly listening to the conversation until he notices a girl who goes up to him. She says her name is Delphi and claims to be the niece and carer of Amos. She apologises for her uncle who calls Harry cold before he shouts for Delphi to help him return home.
The day before the children return to school, Harry goes to speak to Albus alone in the hope of trying to get him to see the light and change his behaviour. He gives Albus the blanket Harry was wrapped in when he was brought to the Dursleys. Harry had found it when Petunia Dursley died some time before. Albus does not take to the gift too kindly (he throws it across the room) and tries to make his father understand how he feels at school. However, it leads to Albus saying that he sometimes wishes he wasn't Harry's son since the family name has not been helping him at school. Harry then says he sometimes wishes Albus wasn't his son either leading to Albus becoming very hurt. Harry regretted saying it but the damage was done.
He speaks with Ginny about it while they are going to bed. Ginny says it will be okay but Harry can't forgive himself. Harry has a nightmare that evening and his scar starts to hurt for the first time in years. The next day, Albus is still very hurt by it as he gets in the train for his fourth year at Hogwarts. He is thinking about getting the time-turner and returning to the past to save Cedric. Rose tries to befriend him again since they had grown apart since they started Hogwarts, only she admits her parents asked her to which makes Albus want nothing to do with her. However, Rose does confirm the existence of the time-turner.
When Albus finds Scorpius, he tells him what his father said along with what Amos wanted. They decide to leave the train and find the time-turner instead of going to Hogwarts. They try to find a way to get off the train except they struggle and decide to try jumping from the roof. However, they are apprehended by the elderly lady who brings around the Honeydukes Express, who tells them the train does not like it when students try to leave it before it reaches Hogwarts. Her hands turn into claws and it scares the kids get back in the train. However, they later do find a way to leave it.
They go to the care home where Amos lives and find Delphi. They tell Amos of their plan and he eventually agrees to it. With Delphi's help, they use Polyjuice Potion to look like Harry (Scorpius), Ron (Albus) and Hermione (Delphi) and go to the Ministry of Magic to find the time-turner. They know it is in Hermione's office. However, while they try to get it, Hermione returns. Ron/Albus goes outside and tries to stall Hermione, suggesting they either have another child or go on holiday. Hermione finds Ron annoying although he stalls her long enough for the others to find the time-turner and they leave.
Meanwhile, Hermione holds a meeting about the nightmares Harry has started to have along with his scar hurting. However, no one thinks it is a threat. They then learn about their children being missing since they did not return to Hogwarts. Ginny thinks Albus ran away because of what Harry said to him. Draco Malfoy then turns up at their house since his son is missing too and has a go at Harry. He believes Harry is responsible after what he said to Albus. They decide to end their feud for the moment to find their children.
Albus says they need to stop Cedric winning the Triwizard Tournament to save him. They decide Delphi needs to stay behind as her age may make her look strange, since she is too old to be attending Hogwarts. They go back to the first task and disarm Cedric so he fails to get the golden egg. However, Scorpius then notices the time-turner shaking and knows something is wrong. They then return to the present with Albus ending up injured.
Meanwhile, Harry has a dream which reveals Albus and Scorpius are in the Forbidden Forest. As he, Ron and Ginny search, they meet the centaurBane who tells them that a 'dark cloud' haunts Albus. They find the children in the forest after they return from the past and Albus is brought to the Hogwarts hospital wing. While Albus sleeps, Harry talks to the portrait of Albus Dumbledore in the Headmaster's office, who tells him to see Albus for who he is. He believes Harry has put unfairly high expectations upon Albus.
When Albus comes round, he finds he has created an alternate timeline. He is now in Gryffindor and Ron and Hermione never got together so Rose no longer exists. He also finds out Cedric still died. Harry once again asks Albus to end his friendship with Scorpius.
When Albus returns to school life as a Gryffindor, he starts to avoid Scorpius. They find Hermione is now the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and consider her mean. Delphi then turns up at Hogwarts and gets Albus and Scorpius to reconcile. They then decide they have to put their mistake right and decide to travel to the second task in the hope making him lose more points will properly save him.
It does, only Scorpius is alone when he returns to the present. They have changed the entire future so that Harry died at the Battle of Hogwarts instead. This means Albus no longer exists. Voldemort won and Hogwarts now teaches Dark magic. Professor Umbridge returns as Headmistress of Hogwarts and tells Scorpius he is acting strange when he questions her about Harry Potter.
Professor Umbridge wonders why Scorpius is still acting different. She tells him that it is Voldemort Day and that he is a model pure-blooded student. When they part ways, she says 'For Voldemort and Valour' while putting her hand on her heart and her wrists together. Scorpius finds he is a very popular student at Hogwarts and everyone wants to do his homework for him. He is known as 'the Scorpion King' and the girls hope they will get to be his date to the Blood Ball.
Scorpius decides he has to change time again. He visits his father who is now the Head of Magical Law Enforcement. He is no help so he finds Professor Snape who is still alive and teaching at Hogwarts even though he is still secretly a member of what remains of Dumbledore's Army. They go to the headquarters and find Ron and Hermione who have been in hiding for several years. They are surprised to hear they are together in the original timeline.
Snape tells Scorpius they have to go back in time and stop his other self intervening with a Shield Charm. However, when they return from fixing the First Task, Hermione, Ron, and Snape get attacked by Dementors; the three sacrifice themselves to hold off the Dementors so that Scorpius can stop his past self at the Second Task. As Scorpius leaves, Snape tells Scorpius to tell Albus he is proud that he has his name and uses his Patronus to guide Scorpius safely to the lake.
The plan works and the original timeline returns. Professor McGonagall is very upset with them and the world they had created. Their parents aren't quite as angry and McGonagall reminds them of the great danger the children created. Harry later visits Albus in his dormitory and they begin to reconcile.
Scorpius wakes Albus up in the middle of the night and shows him the time-turner and suggests that they destroy it. It is revealed that he lied to everyone, saying that they lost the time-turner at the bottom of the Black Lake. They go to the Owlery, where they had agreed to meet Delphi. She agrees to help destroy it until she reveals her Augureytattoo. Scorpius remembers the right hand witch of Voldemort had this sign in the second alternate timeline and finds it strange when Delphi says her guardian was Euphemia Rowle, since the Rowles were known Death Eaters.
Delphi then reveals her true self. She does not wish to destroy the time-turner. Her plan is to travel to the past and stop Voldemort from ever dying. She wants to create a Dark age. She breaks their wands and kills a prefect named Craig who was sent to look for them. Delphi then makes Albus and Scorpius travel in time with her to the third task.
Albus and Scorpius remember the time-turner only keeps them in the past for five minutes. They try to stall her and end up meeting Cedric Diggory. Cedric helps Albus and Scorpius get the time-turner back, believing it to be an obstacle for the tournament. When he leaves, Albus and Scorpius tell him that his father loves him. When he is gone, Delphi manages to get the time-turner back. Delphi then decides to go back in time further and once she gets there, she destroys the time-turner and she leaves Albus and Scorpius to go on alone.
Harry, Ginny and Draco find out their children have gone missing again and that they were last sighted with Delphi. They also find out Amos sent the children owls and go to talk to him. Amos denies sending the owls although when they mention his niece, Delphi, Amos says he really does not have a niece. They go through Delphi's room and find out she believes she is the daughter of Voldemort. However, since they don't know where the children went, they can only wait until they find more clues.
Albus and Scorpius find out they have travelled to 30 October1981 - the day before James and Lily Potter were murdered. They think Delphi wants to kill Harry herself so the spell doesn't rebound on Voldemort. They go to Godric's Hollow and find James, Lily and Harry. They decide they need to tell everyone in the future what is happening and use Harry's blanket to write a message
It works and Harry and Ginny decipher the message, gather Hermione, Ron and Draco and try to find a way to help. Draco tells them his parents have a secret time-turner far more advanced than the prototype their children had.
They go back in time and find their children. Ginny realises Delphi only means to stop Voldemort going into the house and killing the Potters, so the downfall never happens. She thinks Delphi believes Voldemort could love her so they decide to make Harry look like Voldemort and apprehend her the next day.
It works for a moment. Delphi pleads with Voldemort/Harry to accept her, revealing she is the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange born at Malfoy Manor before the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry pretends to accept her although the spell making him look like Voldemort fades and she gets upset. Delphi and Harry duel until his friends and Albus help him. Delphi is stopped and says she only wanted to know her father. Harry tells her he understands how it feels to have no parents but they cannot change the past.
The real Voldemort then arrives to kill the Potters and Delphi tries to call him. Hermione and Draco stop her. Harry decides to stay and watch his parents die in the hope it will bring closure and Albus stays with him. Hagrid then appears to pick up Harry as a baby to go to the Dursleys. They return to the present, where Delphi is sent to Azkaban.
Albus and Scorpius return to Hogwarts where Rose now is too. Scorpius asks Rose out and while she turns him down, she allows him to kiss her on the cheek. Albus and Harry then visit Cedric's grave which Harry visits every year to say sorry, where they finally repair their broken relationship.
Behind the scenes
- When the announcement came that the play was to be made into a script book, it was wrongly stated to be the 'eighth Harry Potter novel by Rowling', even though it would only be a copy of the play's script. It was written by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, rather than solely by herself.
- As stated by Rowling, the story is part of the canon universe. However, many have chosen not to consider it as such, stating that the play contained too many contradictions that were well-established in the original books along with past information from Rowling herself. Dissatisfied fans and even some critics stated that while Cursed Child brings forth a sense of nostalgia, the overall quality of the plot was weak when compared to the original books and many have likened the play to amateur fanfiction.
- An example of this was the destruction of the Time-Turners during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and yet in the story there are two Time-Turners.
- Another example was how they have characters act in ways they never would. For instance, having Cedric Diggory become a Death Eater just because he lost the Tri-Wizard Tournament when it was confirmed that Cedric would never act like that.
- A major criticism that many fans vocalise about the story was its rampant use of time travel, claiming that it contradicts many of the facts established about time travel in Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Before release, the play was frequently referred to by the press as 'a prequel' even though, as it later transpired, most of the events of the play take place twenty-two years after the Battle of Hogwarts.
- A lot of people thought Rowling wrote this play, but the lines and the play itself was written by Jack Thorne, although it was in collaboration with Rowling.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.01.1J. K. Rowling on Twitter: 'The script will be in book form, true, but it's still #NotAPrequel because it's set #19YearsLater'
- ↑J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) on Twitter: 'The story of #CursedChild should be considered canon, though. @jackthorne, John Tiffany (the director) and I developed it together.'
- ↑Hoffelder, Nate (31 July 2016). 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Disappoints Fans'.
- ↑Renfro, Kim (6.10.16). 'There's a Big Plot Hole in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.
- ↑Chaudhary, Srishti (August 13 2016). 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is anything but Magic'.
- ↑Ohlheiser, Abby (August 22 2016). 'J.K Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter Books, is no longer it's God'.
- ↑Rosenburg, Alyssa (August 9 2016). 'The Missing Ingredient in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Good Writing'.
- ↑J. K. Rowling on Twitter: 'So now you know it really isn't a prequel: Harry Potter & the #CursedChild starts #19yearslater! Go to @HPPlayLDN for more information'
|J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series|
|Philosopher's Stone||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Chamber of Secrets||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Prisoner of Azkaban||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Goblet of Fire||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Order of the Phoenix||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Half-Blood Prince||book||film||game||film soundtrack||game soundtrack|
|Deathly Hallows||book||film 1||game 1||film soundtrack 1||game soundtrack 1|
|film 2||game 2||film soundtrack 2||game soundtrack 2|
|Fantastic Beasts film series|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||book||screenplay||film||soundtrack||game|
|The Crimes of Grindelwald||screenplay||film||soundtrack|
|The Secrets of Dumbledore||film||soundtrack|
|Fantastic Beasts 4||film|
|Fantastic Beasts 5||film|
Harry Potter Cursed Child Film
|Other written works||Other games|
|Quidditch Through the Ages||Wonderbook: Book of Spells / Book of Potions|
|The Tales of Beedle the Bard||Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup|
|Harry Potter Prequel||Harry Potter: Find Scabbers|
|Encyclopaedia of Potterworld(potentially cancelled)||Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge / Wizarding World|
|Pottermore Presents||Harry Potter: Spells|
|Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey / Harry Potter Limited Edition||LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 / Years 5-7|
|LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World||LEGO Dimensions|
|LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World||Motorbike Escape|
|Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book||Harry Potter: The Quest|
|J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography||Harry Potter for Kinect|
|Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Creature Vault / Artifact Vault||Wizard's Challenge|
|Harry Potter Film Wizardry||Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World|
|The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Harry Potter: Trading Card Game|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film||LEGO Creator: Harry Potter / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery|
|The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Harry Potter: Wizards Unite|
|Harry Potter: The Wand Collection||Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells|
|J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places / Volume Two: Curious Creatures / Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts||Harry Potter: Magic Awakened|
|Other canon||Other films / documentaries|
|J. K. Rowling's official site||Harry Potter and Me|
|Pottermore||The Queen's Handbag|
|J. K. Rowling's Twitter account||J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life|
|Harry Potter: The Exhibition||Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story|
|The Making of Harry Potter||Harry Potter: Beyond the Page|
|The Wizarding World of Harry Potter||The Tale of the Three Brothers|
|Individuals – Places – Creatures – Translations - Cover arts|