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Full Review: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Summary

It follows Albus Severus Potter, the son of Harry Potter, who is now the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic.
Full Review: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Summary

The "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" book series is a captivating extension of J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter universe. Co-written by Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, this two-part play script follows the next generation of wizards, focusing on Harry Potter's son, Albus Severus Potter.

Set nineteen years after the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" events, it delves into themes of legacy, family, and the struggles of living up to a famous name. If you love this series but can’t find the time to finish it, we’ll do it for you. We'll guide you through the twists and turns of this magical adventure, ensuring you don't miss a single spellbinding moment.

Please be warned: There are massive spoilers for the entire Harry Potter And The Cursed Child series ahead!

Summary of
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Part One (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child #1)

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  • Book Title: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Part One
  • Author: J. K. Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Year Published: July 30, 2016
  • Goodreads Rating: 3.49/5 
  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon


In the opening scene, which takes place in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows in the year 2017, Harry and Ginny Potter send their younger son, Albus Severus Potter, on the Hogwarts Express to start his first year at Hogwarts. Harry works as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, while Ginny is the editor of the sports section of The Daily Prophet. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also send their daughter, Rose, on the train. Hermione is now the Minister for Magic, while Ron manages Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley alongside his brother, George. On the Hogwarts Express, Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Harry's former foe Draco, and his wife, Astoria. In a departure from the tradition of Potters being sorted into Gryffindor, Albus is sorted into Slytherin alongside Scorpius.

Both boys are bullied over the next years, with Albus perceived as failing to live up to his parents, and Scorpius being rumoured to be the son of Lord Voldemort. Astoria passes away due to a fatal disease. Albus and Harry drift apart, with Harry being uncertain about how to help Albus. The summer before his fourth year, Albus gets into a fight with Harry, after being given Harry's old baby blanket and a love potion from Ron. During the fight, Harry angrily says that he sometimes wishes Albus was not his son, and Albus spills the potion on the blanket.

Harry acquires a prototype of a more powerful Time-Turner that allows travel into the past to change history. At the same time, Harry's scar starts hurting again, raising concerns that Voldemort may be returning. Amos Diggory, cared for by his niece Delphi, asks Harry to use the Time-Turner to prevent the death of his son, Cedric. After overhearing Harry's refusal to help the Diggorys, Albus is inspired to do so and convinces Scorpius to join him. The two escape from the Hogwarts Express to visit Amos, and they team up with Delphi to steal the Time-Turner from Hermione's office in the Ministry of Magic while disguised with Polyjuice Potion.

As Cedric's death was the result of him winning the Triwizard Tournament alongside Harry, the boys use the Time-Turner to travel back to the first tournament challenge. They disguise themselves as Durmstrang students to sabotage Cedric and prevent his victory. The plan fails, and the disguises cause Hermione to become suspicious of Viktor Krum, a Durmstrang student, and go to the Yule Ball with Ron instead. As a result, Ron never experiences the jealousy fundamental to his relationship with Hermione, and the two never marry. Ron instead falls in love with Padma Patil at the Ball, and Hermione becomes a frustrated professor at Hogwarts. Albus is now in Gryffindor.

Harry has nightmares about Voldemort while Bane, the centaur, warns him about a "dark cloud" surrounding Albus. Convinced that Scorpius is a threat to Albus, Harry tries to separate the boys at Hogwarts by pressuring Headmistress Minerva McGonagall to keep an eye on Albus using the Marauder's Map.

How Did Harry Potter And The Cursed Child End?

Albus and Scorpius' friendship is destroyed, but the two reconcile after Albus steals Harry's old Invisibility Cloak from his older brother James. Harry relents after a conversation with Draco and Ginny. Meanwhile, Albus and Scorpius make another attempt to use the Time-Turner to save Cedric, this time by humiliating him during the Triwizard Tournament's second task. When Scorpius returns to the present day, Albus is not with him. Dolores Umbridge reveals that Harry is dead and Voldemort rules the wizarding world.

Summary of
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Part Two (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child #2)

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  • Book Title: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Part Two
  • Author: J. K. Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Year Published: July 30, 2016
  • Goodreads Rating: 3.49/5 
  • Availability: Purchase it from Amazon


Scorpius realizes that his actions led to Cedric joining the Death Eaters and killing Neville Longbottom. This prevented Neville from killing Nagini and allowed Voldemort to win the Battle of Hogwarts. With Harry dead, Albus never existed, and Voldemort was able to consolidate power, turning the Ministry of Magic into a dictatorial regime. In this new timeline, Scorpius becomes a popular Head Boy and Quidditch star, assisting in tormenting Muggle-borns alongside staff and students. Umbridge becomes the new Headmistress of Hogwarts and patrols the school with Dementors and a revived Inquisitorial Squad, led by Scorpius.

"The Augurey," a mysterious figure, takes charge of the Ministry of Magic. With the assistance and sacrifice of alternate versions of Ron, Hermione, and Severus Snape, Scorpius uses the Time-Turner to undo his and Albus' past actions and restore the original timeline. Scorpius and Albus reunite and are discovered by their parents, as well as Ron and Hermione. Harry reprimands Albus, but they begin to reconcile.

Realizing the danger posed by the Time-Turner, Scorpius and Albus attempt to destroy it. They are joined by Delphi, who has a tattoo of an Augurey, and they discover that she was in charge of the Ministry of Magic in the alternate timeline. Delphi takes them captive, killing a fellow student in the process, and reveals her intention of restoring the alternate timeline.

After Ron reveals that he saw Albus and Scorpius with Delphi, Harry and Draco confront Amos and discover that Delphi had bewitched him into thinking she was his niece. Delphi takes the boys to the final challenge of the Triwizard Tournament, but Albus and Scorpius thwart her plans. Delphi then uses the Time-Turner again to travel farther back in time, inadvertently taking the boys with her. She destroys the Time-Turner, leaving them stranded in time.

In the room belonging to Delphi, Harry, Draco, Ginny, Hermione, and Ron find hidden writing on the walls. The message claims that Delphi is the daughter of Voldemort and describes a prophecy that could bring Voldemort back. Meanwhile, Albus and Scorpius realize that they have been taken back to the night before Harry's parents were killed. They decide to write an invisible message on Harry's baby blanket, knowing that in the present, the blanket would be stained with a love potion, revealing the message. The hidden message reads: "Dad. Help. Godric's Hollow. 311081."

In the meantime, Draco unveils that the Time-Turner was actually a prototype for a perfected model that he owns. Upon receiving a message from the boys, Harry and his allies use Draco's Time-Turner to travel back in time to save them and stop Delphi. They realize that she intends to persuade Voldemort to give up his plan to kill Harry, thus ensuring Harry's survival.

How Did 
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child End?

In the story, Harry uses magic to transform into Voldemort in order to distract Delphi. After a struggle, they manage to capture her. Instead of killing her, they decide to sentence her to life in Azkaban Prison. Voldemort then appears, and they choose not to interfere with the events that led to Harry's parents' murder, so as not to risk changing the future.

Delphi is sent to Azkaban, and Albus and Scorpius decide to become more involved at Hogwarts. Scorpius shows interest in joining the Slytherin Quidditch Team and asks Rose to be his girlfriend, but she declines and decides to befriend him instead. Harry and Albus visit Cedric's grave, where Harry apologizes for his role in Cedric's death. Albus and Harry grow closer, and Harry reconciles with Draco, as they had worked together to stop Delphi's plan.

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