Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced, fans have taken to the internet to theorize together about what the eighth Potter story could reveal. Now, author J.K. Rowling has dropped the biggest hint yet with regards to the plot of the play!
In a brand-new interview with The Guardian, Rowling reluctantly teased that fans hoping to get some insight on Cursed Child need only look at the fateful epilogue that serves as an end cap to her beloved book series.
“The epilogue of the seventh book is a very clear pointer as to where I was interested in going,” Rowling told The Guardian. “It’s very obvious from that epilogue that the character I was most interested in was Albus Severus Potter. And you see Scorpius on that platform.”
From the play’s description, we know we’ll be seeing Albus Severus struggle with the weight of his father’s legacy. Given Rowling’s hint, however, we’re seriously leaning toward the idea that the burden of being Harry Potter’s son could be even more magnified if Albus ends up being sorted into Slytherin once arriving at Hogwarts.
When we are first introduced to Albus in the epilogue, it’s clear that one of his biggest fears is being sorted into the House of the Snake despite Harry trying to comfort him by saying it doesn’t matter where he’s sorted. It makes sense then that Albus’ sorting ceremony may end up playing a huge role in setting the tone for the beginning of the play.
As for young Scorpius Malfoy, in the epilogue, Rowling makes it a point to show that the first thing Ron tells his daughter, Rose, after Harry points out Draco’s son on the platform is that she should try and “beat him in every test.”
It isn’t until Hermione chimes in and tells her husband not to “turn them against each other before they’ve even started school,” that Ron concedes.
“You’re right, sorry,” says Ron in Rowling’s epilogue. “Don’t get too friendly with him though, Rosie. Granddad Weasley would never forgive you if you married a pureblood.”
It’s definitely looking as though we should expect to see quite a few run-ins between Rose, Albus, and Scorpius once the kids arrive at school. Tensions always ran high whenever Harry, Ron, and Hermione ran into Draco at Hogwarts, but it would make for an interesting twist if their children wound up being friends despite the fact that there was such a huge rivalry between their parents!
Theorizing aside, however, we’ll just have to wait until we experience Cursed Child for ourselves to find out what the eighth Harry Potter story entails!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for preview performances in London’s West End on June 7. The script book format of the book is available for purchase beginning on July 31.