Warning: I’ve tried to take out as much of the context as I can to minimise spoilers, but there are still story hints and giveaways in the quotes below. If you’ve yet to read the Cursed Child script or watch the play, you’d be best off apparating yourself away from this article post-haste.
LONDON — With a title like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth chapter in the world’s favourite wizarding saga was never going to be an entirely happy one.
J.K. Rowling even admitted as much. And after reading the script in the early hours of Sunday morning, I can confirm that there are plenty of emotional moments.
I’ve rounded up some of the most memorable lines — which also happen to be some of the biggest tear-jerkers — below…
1. Albus Potter, to his father.
“So what would you like me to do? Magic myself popular? Conjure myself into a new house? Transfigure myself into a better student? Just cast a spell, Dad, and change me into what you want me to be, okay? It’ll work better for both of us.”
2. Draco Malfoy, to Harry, Ron and Hermione.
“You — the three of you — you shone you know? You liked each other. You had fun. I envied you those friendships more than anything else.”
3. Albus Potter.
4. Albus Potter, as the other Hogwarts students laugh at him.
“I didn’t choose, you know that? I didn’t choose to be his son.”
5. Harry Potter, to Ginny.
“The Boy Who Lived. How many people have to die for the Boy Who Lived?”
6. Albus Dumbledore, to Harry.
“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
7. Draco Malfoy to Harry, when asked what he wanted to do when he was growing up.
8. Albus Dumbledore, to Harry.
“You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”
9. Harry Potter, to Ginny.
“I shouldn’t have survived — it was my destiny to die — even Dumbledore thought so — and yet I lived. I beat Voldemort. All these people — all these people — my parents, Fred, the Fallen Fifty — and it’s me that gets to live? How is that? All this damage — and it’s my fault.”
10. Albus Dumbledore, to Harry.
11. Draco Malfoy, to Harry.
“… And being alone — that’s so hard. I was alone. And it sent me to a truly dark place. For a long time. Tom Riddle was also a lonely child. You may not understand that, Harry, but I do …”
12. Albus Dumbledore, to Harry.
“Of course I loved you … and I knew that it would happen all over again … that where I loved, I would cause irreparable damage … I am no fit person to love … I have never loved without causing harm …”
13. Draco Malfoy to Harry.
“… It is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.”