Potterheads don’t have to “keep the secrets” anymore. With the publication of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new ending of the “Harry Potter” series is no longer a hush-hush. If you’re a spoiler-addict who can’t read the books, this is what you missed.
The two-part play, which is currently being performed at the Palace Theatre in London, kicks off 18 years after Harry defeated Voldemort. His middle son, Albus Severus, is heading off to Hogwarts. After fast-forwarding through his first three years, in which he gets sorted into Slytherin and befriends Scorpio Malfoy, most of the story takes place in Albus’ fourth year.
Harry and Albus have trouble getting along. They’re both pretty impatient and quick to say things they’ll regret. However, it’s Harry who says something he really can’t take back. After Albus says he wishes his father weren’t the Boy Who Lived, and Harry says, “Well there are times I wish you weren’t my son.” Ouch. He immediately regrets it, but Albus can’t forgive him right away.
After one of the last remaining Time Turners is discovered, Amos Diggory wants Harry to go back in time to save Cedric from Voldemort. Albus takes it upon himself to do what his father won’t. It helps that a pretty woman named Delphi, who claims to be Amos’ niece, is the one asking Albus for help.
Albus and Scorpius go back in time to try and change things, but like every time travel story, it isn’t just one thing that changes. They accidentally rewrite history a few times (all while meeting familiar faces like Cedric Diggory and Severus Snape) before everything is finally set right again. After seeing how disastrous the results of time travel are, Scorpius claims he lost the Time Turner in the lake. He wants to destroy it before anyone evil gets to it. Obviously, if the Ministry of Magic was naïve enough to keep it the first time, he doesn’t think they should be given it again. This teenager thinks he is much more capable than the wizarding government, so it isn’t surprising when this plan also goes south.
When the boys explain that they won’t bring Cedric back and reveal what they saw in alternate realities they created, Delphi makes her true intentions clear. She doesn’t want to help the boys destroy the Time Turner nor does she want Cedric Diggory back. She is actually the love child of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange, and she wants to go back in time to save her father.
Delphi takes the boys and goes back to the night Harry’s parents were killed. If Voldemort isn’t defeated by Harry for the first time, he won’t have to go through all that recovery. He’ll just keep gaining power.
After sending a secret message via Harry’s baby blanket (you’re going to have to read the scripts to find out how that works), Harry and Ginny realize where the boys are. Luckily, Draco Malfoy has a secret, illegal Time Turner. He teams up with Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron to go back in time to save the kids, defeat Delphi and make sure history remains intact.
Harry transfigures into Voldemort, and Albus helps him defeat Delphi. Albus wants Voldemort’s daughter dead, but Harry insists that they can’t avenge Craig Bowker Jr.’s murder that way. She must be sent to Azkaban. The timeline must also remain the same. Harry and the other characters watch from afar as the real Voldemort shows up and murders Lily and James Potter.
The show ends with Harry and Albus visiting Cedric Diggory’s grave. Harry says he comes there just to apologize to him sometimes. Harry reveals that he isn’t the hero that Albus reads about. He’s a flawed person. He is scared of pigeons and the dark, but most of all, he fears not being a good dad. He certainly didn’t have any great father figures, so he’s just doing his best. Harry tells Albus not to worry about living up to his father or the men he was named after. They were all flawed, despite being on pedestals now. Albus and Harry seem to finally be on good terms at the end of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”