ALBUS: In an alternate reality where you were significantly -- really significantly more popular -- a different girl asked you out -- and that means --
SCORPIUS: And yes, logic would dictate I should be pursuing Polly -- or allowing her to pursue me -- she's a notorious beauty, after all -- but a Rose is a Rose.
ALBUS: You know logic would dictate that you're a freak? Rose hates you.
SCORPIUS: Correction, she used to hate me, but did you see the look in her eyes when I asked? That wasn't hate, that was pity.
ALBUS: And pity's good?
SCORPIUS: Pity is a start, my friend, a foundation on which to build a palace -- a palace of love.
ALBUS: I honestly thought I'd be the first of us to get a girlfriend.
SCORPIUS: Oh, you will, undoubtedly, probably that new smoky-eyed Potions professor -- she's old enough for you, right?
ALBUS: I don't have a thing about older women!
SCORPIUS: And you've got time -- a lot of time -- to seduce her. Because Rose is going to take years to persuade.
ALBUS: I admire your confidence.
ROSE comes past them on the stairs. She looks at them both.
Neither boy knows quite how to reply -- she looks at SCORPIUS.
This is only going to be weird if you let it be weird.
SCORPIUS: Received and entirely understood.
ROSE: Okay. "Scorpion King."
She walks off with a smile on her face. SCORPIUS and ALBUS look at each other. ALBUS grins and punches SCORPIUS on the arm.
ALBUS: Maybe you're right -- pity is a start.
SCORPIUS: Are you heading to Quidditch? Slytherin are playing Hufflepuff -- it's a big one --
ALBUS: I thought we hated Quidditch?
SCORPIUS: People can change. Besides, I've been practicing. I think I might make the team eventually. Come on.
ALBUS: I can't. My dad's arranged to come up --
SCORPIUS: He's taking time away from the Ministry?
ALBUS: He wants to go on a walk -- something to show me -- share with me -- something.
SCORPIUS: A walk?
ALBUS: I know, I think it's a bonding thing or something similarly vomit-inducing. Still, you know, I think I'll go.
SCORPIUS reaches in and hugs ALBUS.
What's this? I thought we decided we don't hug.
SCORPIUS: I wasn't sure. Whether we should. In this new version of us -- I had in my head.
ALBUS: Better ask Rose if it's the right thing to do.
SCORPIUS: Ha! Yeah. Right.
The two boys dislocate and grin at each other.
ALBUS: I'll see you at dinner.
ACT FOUR, SCENE FIFTEEN
A BEAUTIFUL HILL
HARRY and ALBUS walk up a hill on a beautiful summer's day. They say nothing, enjoying the sun on their faces as they climb.
HARRY: So are you ready?
ALBUS: For what?
HARRY: Well, there's the fourth-year exams -- and then the fifth year -- big year -- in my fifth year I did --
He looks at ALBUS. He smiles. He talks quickly.
I did a lot of stuff. Some of it good. Some of it bad. A lot of it quite confusing.
ALBUS: Good to know.
I got to watch them -- you know -- for a bit -- your mum and dad. They were -- you had fun together. Your dad used to love to do this smoke ring thing with you where you . . . well, you couldn't stop giggling.
ALBUS: I think you'd have liked them. And I think me, Lily, and James would have liked them too.
HARRY nods. There's a slightly uncomfortable silence. Both are trying to reach each other here, both are failing.
HARRY: You know, I thought I'd lost him -- Voldemort -- I thought I'd lost him -- and then my scar started hurting again and I had dreams of him and I could even speak Parseltongue again and I started to feel like I'd not changed at all -- that he'd never let me go --
ALBUS: And had he?
HARRY: The part of me that was Voldemort died a long time ago, but it wasn't enough to be physically rid of him -- I had to be mentally rid of him. And that -- is a lot to learn for a forty-year-old man.
He looks at ALBUS.
That thing I said to you -- it was unforgivable, and I can't ask you to forget it but I can hope we move past it. I'm going to try to be a better dad for you, Albus. I am going to try and--be honest with you and . . .
ALBUS: Dad, you don't need to --
HARRY: You told me you don't think I'm scared of anything, and that -- I mean, I'm scared of everything. I mean, I'm afraid of the dark, did you know that?
ALBUS: Harry Potter is afraid of the dark?
HARRY: I don't like small spaces and -- I've never told anyone this, but I don't much like -- (he hesitates before saying it) pigeons.
ALBUS: You don't like pigeons?
HARRY (he scrunches up his face): Nasty, pecky, dirty things. They give me the creeps.
ALBUS: But pigeons are harmless!
HARRY: I know. But the thing that scares me most, Albus Severus Potter, is being a dad to you. Because I'm operating without wires here. Most people at least have a dad to base themselves on -- and either try to be or try not to be. I've got nothing -- or very little. So I'm learning, okay? And I'm going to try with everything I've got -- to be a good dad for you.
ALBUS: And I'll try and be a better son. I know I'm not James, Dad, I'll never be like you two --
HARRY: James is nothing like me.
ALBUS: Isn't he?
HARRY: Everything comes easy for James. My childhood was a constant struggle.
ALBUS: So was mine. So you're saying -- am I -- like you?
HARRY smiles at ALBUS.
HARRY: Actually you're more like your mum -- bold, fierce, funny -- which I like -- which I think makes you a pretty great son.
ALBUS: I almost destroyed the world.
HARRY: Delphi wasn't going anywhere, Albus -- you brought her out into the light and you found a way for us to fight her. You may not see it now, but you saved us.
ALBUS: But shouldn't I have done better?
HARRY: You don't think I ask myself the same questions?
ALBUS (stomach sinking further, he knows this is not what his dad would do): And then -- when we caught her -- I wanted to kill her.
HARRY: You'd watched her murder Craig, you were angry, Albus, and that's okay. And you wouldn't have done it.
ALBUS: How do you know that? Maybe that's my Slytherin side. Maybe that's what the Sorting Hat saw in me.
HARRY: I don't understand your head, Albus -- actually, you know what, you're a teenager, I shouldn't be able to understand your head, but I do understand your heart. I didn't -- for a long time -- but thanks to this -- "escapade" -- I know what you got in there. Slytherin, Gryffindor, whatever label you've been given -- I know -- know -- that heart is a good one -- yeah, whether you like it or not, you're on your way to being some wizard.
ALBUS: Oh I'm not going to be a wizard, I'm going into pigeon racing. I'm quite excited about it.
HARRY: Those names you have -- they shouldn't be a burden. Albus Dumbledore had his trials too, you know -- and Severus Snape, well, you know all about him --
ALBUS: They were good men.
HARRY: They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what -- those flaws almost made them greater.
ALBUS looks around himself.
ALBUS: Dad? Why are we here?
HARRY: This is where I often come.
ALBUS: But this is a graveyard . . .
HARRY: And here is Cedric's grave.
HARRY: The boy who was killed -- Craig Bowker -- how well did you know him?
ALBUS: Not well enough.
HARRY: I didn't know Cedric well enough either. He could have played Quidditch for England. Or been a brilliant Auror. He could have been anything. And Amos is right -- he was stolen. So I come here. Just
ALBUS: That's a -- good thing to do.
ALBUS joins his dad in front of CEDRIC's grave. HARRY smiles at his son and looks up at the sky.
HARRY: I think it's going to be a nice day.
He touches his son's shoulder. And the two of them -- just slightly -- melt together.
ALBUS (smiles): So do I.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two was first produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. It premiered at the Palace Theatre in London, England, on July 30, 2016, with the following cast (in alphabetical order):
CRAIG BOWKER JR
Jeremy Ang Jones
MOANING MYRTLE, LILY POTTER SR
UNCLE VERNON, SEVERUS SNAPE, LORD VOLDEMORT
HAGRID, SORTING HAT
James Le Lacheur
AUNT PETUNIA, MADAM HOOCH, DOLORES UMBRIDGE
AMOS DIGGORY, ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
TROLLEY WITCH, PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL
CEDRIC DIGGORY, JAMES POTTER JR., JAMES POTTER SR
DUDLEY DURSLEY, KARL JENKINS, VIKTOR KRUM
ROSE GRANGER-WEASLEY, YOUNG HERMIONE
YOUNG HARRY POTTER
Rudi Goodman, Alfred Jones, Bili Keogh, Ewan Rutherford, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen
LILY POTTER JR
Zoe Brough, Cristina Fray, Christiana Hutchings
OTHER ROLES PLAYED BY
Nicola Alexis, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Morag Cross, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Barry McCarthy, Andrew McDonald, Adam McNamara, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Stuart Ramsey, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete
Helen Aluko, Morag Cross, Chipo Kureya, Tom Mackley, Joshua Wyatt
ASSISTANT MOVEMENT CAPTAIN
J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne PLAYWRIGHT
John Tiffany MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Steven Hoggett SET DESIGNER
Christine Jones COSTUME DESIGNER
Katrina Lindsay COMPOSER & ARRANGER
ILLUSIONS & MAGIC
MUSIC SUPERVISOR & ARRANGER
Julia Horan CDG
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
ASSOCIATE MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
ASSOCIATE SET DESIGNER
Brett J. Banakis
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER
ILLUSIONS & MAGIC ASSOCIATE
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER
COSTUME DESIGN SUPERVISOR
HAIR, WIGS & MAKE-UP
Lisa Buckley, Mary Halliday
Finn Ross, Ash Woodward
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS
Oliver Bagwell Purefoy, Tom Gilding, Sally Inch, Ben Sherratt RESIDENT DIRECTOR
HEAD OF WARDROBE
DEPUTY HEAD OF WARDROBE
Kate Anderson, Leanne Hired
George Amielle, Melissa Cooke, Rosie Etheridge, John Ovenden, Emilee Swift HEAD OF HAIR, WIGS & MAKE-UP
Nina Van Houten
DEPUTY HEAD OF HAIR, WIGS & MAKE-UP
HAIR, WIGS & MAKE-UP ASSISTANTS
Charlotte Briscoe, Jacob Fessey, Cassie Murphie HEAD OF SOUND
DEPUTY HEAD OF SOUND
SOUND NO. 3
HEAD OF AUTOMATION
DEPUTY HEAD OF AUTOMATION
AUTOMATION NO. 3
SHOW CHIEF LX
PERFORMER FLYING TECHNICIAN
David Russell, Eleanor Dowling
Sonia Friedman Productions
GENERAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Laura Jane Elliott
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (DEVELOPMENT) Lucie Lovatt
HOUSE SEATS ASSISTANT
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE ORIGINAL STORY TEAM
is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 79 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. J.K. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut and is a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the wizarding world, due for release in November 2016.
directed the stage adaptation of Once for which he was the recipient of multiple a
writes for theater, film, television, and radio. His theater credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, both directed by John Tiffany, The Solid Life of Sugar Water for the Graeae Theatre Company and the National Theatre, Bunny for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, and 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for HighTide. On film his credits include War Book, A Long Way Down, and The Scouting Book for Boys. For television his credits include The Last Panthers, Don't Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue, Cast-Offs, and National Treasure. He won 2016 BAFTAs for Best Mini-Series (This Is England '90) and Best Single Drama (Don't Take My Baby), and in 2012 won Best Drama Series (The Fades) and Best Mini-Series (This Is England '88).
All the actors from the Cursed Child workshops, Mel Kenyon, Rachel Taylor, Alexandria Horton, Imogen Clare-Wood, Florence Rees, Jenefer Tait, David Nock, Rachel Mason, Colin, Neil, Sonia, everyone at SFP and The Blair Partnership, Rebecca Salt from JKR PR, Nica Burns and all the staff at the Palace Theatre, and, of course, our incredible cast who helped shape every word.
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