Top Five Random “Cursed Child” Moments Revisited

Recently, after months of waiting, I finally got to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage. I read the script prior to seeing it and did not have the highest expectations for the play. I found the text a little unusual at points. However, after seeing it, I would like to reevaluate my initial opinions based on the performance and what you guys said in the comments.

 

1. The Trolley Witch

 

 

 She picks up a Pumpkin Pasty. She throws it like a grenade. It explodes” (Cursed Child 97).

This moment is actually pretty cool on stage. The special effects they use to create the magic are incredible.

The Trolley Witch’s hands transfigure into very sharp spikes. She smiles” (Cursed Child 97).

This part is still a little odd.

 

2. Harry’s Fear of Pigeons

 

 

I’ve never told anyone this, but I don’t much like — (he hesitates before saying it) pigeons” (Cursed Child 522).

When I read this, it came off as abrupt and seemingly out of nowhere. Yet this line helps break the tension between Harry and Albus, which is brilliantly portrayed on stage.

 

3. Ron and Padma

 

 

In an alternate timeline, Ron and Hermione never get together, and instead, Ron marries Padma.

My wife, Padma. You remember. Talks slightly too close to your face, smells a bit minty. Padma, mother of Panju” (Cursed Child 203).

This still seems hard to fully comprehend because so much could have happened between their time at Hogwarts and their future. However, the majority of the play deals with the possible timelines after Goblet of Fire, so it’s likely that the writers wanted to keep their focus on the fourth novel.

 

4. Albus and Hermione

 

 

In one scene, Albus (under the influence of a Polyjuice Potion) distracts his aunt by kissing her.

She [Hermione] tries to get into the room one final time, he [Albus/Ron] blocks her with a kiss. It develops into quite a struggle” (Cursed Child 136).

Understandably, the same actor who plays Ron acts as Albus under the Polyjuice Potion, so it wasn’t as weird.

 

5. Lame Ron

 

 

His [Ron’s] hand is empty. It’s a lame trick. Everyone enjoys its lameness” (Cursed Child 15).

I still felt that Ron was underused and never really got the chance to shine like Harry and Hermione did. However, this scene is another great use of special effects on stage.

 

What do you think of my list? Are there any other random moments in the script that worked better on stage? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Kathrin ‘Lily’ Franke

    Not so much random… but I really liked ow they did the Polyjuicing. It’s literally the only thing I couldn’t picture when reading the script, but when I saw it on stage it was fairly obvious.

    And I really liked the stairs and Hermione’s bookshelf, too.