When Potter scribe J.K. Rowling revealed that she was working on a play (alongside playwright Jack Thorne and John Tiffany) set 19 years after the book series ended, fans were immediately concerned that not everyone would get the opportunity to attend and see what their favorite characters were up to.
But Rowling, being the ever-generous author that she is, quickly quelled all fears when she announced the script book would be released on July 31. And although Rowling tried to keep spoilers at bay with the #KeepTheSecrets movement, details of the plot have been online ever since early June when the play first went into previews in London.
We round up four of the most shocking spoilers from the play below!
1. Albus Severus is sorted into … Slytheryn?!
Yup, that’s right – there’s a Potter in Slytheryn! The fate of Harry’s second son is finally revealed 9 years after the epilogue scene in Deathly Hallows left fans wondering where exactly he would land once he got to Hogwarts.
And once he’s a Slytheryn, Albus quickly makes unlikely friends with none other than Scorpius Malfoy – Draco’s son. The two introverted boys bond over the pressures of living up to their family legacies and the rumor that Voldemort might actually be Scorpius’s real father.
2. Hermione is the Minister of Magic!
This one is just cool! Our favorite witch is revealed to be the future Minister of Magic – and Harry’s boss.
It really only makes sense that the smartest witch of her age goes on to oversee the wizarding world. Before Cursed Child, we only knew that Hermione was working in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, but this is certainly a cool promotion!
The implications of a Muggle-born holding the highest recognized office also gives us a glimpse at the state of the future wizarding world, almost 20 years after Voldemort was defeated.
3. Not all the Time Turners were destroyed in the Order of the Phoenix battle at the Ministry
When former Slytheryn student Thedore Nott is arrested, an illegal Time Turner is found in his possession. As you can imagine, this leads to lot of time traveling misadventures.
In fact, the bulk of the plot deals with Albus and Scorpius using the Time Turner several times and then having to deal with the consequences.
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The boys first go back in time at Amos Diggory’s request that they save his son Cedric from being killed the night of the final Triwizard Tournament task. When the boys do so, it changes the course of history and creates a world in which Ron and Hermione never got married.
The plot goes on from there, with Albus and Scorpius struggling to fix their mistakes.
4. Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange have a daughter named Delphi
First introduced into the story claiming to be Amos Diggory’s niece, Delphi is actually Voldemort and Bellatrix’s secret daughter who is deceiving Albus to try and bring her father back from the dead and have him rise to power once again.
Delphi plays a major role in the play as the main antagonist to Albus and Scorpius, although the former might fall for the older witch.
And thanks to Delphi and some crazy Time Turner action, the climax of the play finds the boys and their parents back where the original story began – in Godric’s Hollow as Voldemort is about to murder James and Lily and attempt to kill the Boy Who Lived.
You’ll have to actually read the book to see how that plays out!