Top Five “Cursed Child” Plot Holes

This post contains spoilers from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you do not want to be spoiled, I suggest you stop reading now.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child doesn’t live up to the magic of the first seven books. J.K. Rowling’s original novels were fantastically written and filled with hidden clues. However, the latest installment contradicts several points from the series. Below are my five largest Cursed Child plot holes.


1. Instant Polyjuice Potion



The novels established that the potion would be “ready in about a month, if we can get all the ingredients” (Chamber of Secrets 166). However, this changes in Cursed Child.

And I think Bathilda Bagshot may have all the ingredients for Polyjuice in her basement. We can Polyjuice into Voldemort and bring her to us” (Cursed Child 479).

If it took Hermione a month to make it, why does Albus think he can make it in a few minutes?


2. The Potters’ house



There was a Fidelius Charm on the house, meaning that no one except for the Secret-Keeper, and any person he reveals the information to, would be able to see the house. Since Peter Pettigrew did not reveal the house’s location to Albus or Scorpius, they should not have been able to see it.


3. Voldemort’s name



Voldemort’s name is mentioned several times in the script, but this contradicts the information established in the books.

Lord Voldemort, whose name most witches and wizards still feared to speak” (Chamber of Secrets 4).

If this were true when they believed that Voldemort was gone, his name would be more feared if he took over the wizarding world.


4. Harry’s scar



At the beginning of the play, Harry’s scar starts hurting again, so the characters believe that some trace of Voldemort has returned. However, the bond between the two would have been broken when the Horcrux was damaged.

Part of Lord Voldemort lives inside Harry, and it is that which gives him the power of speech with snakes, and a connection with Lord Voldemort’s mind that he has never understood” (Deathly Hallows 686).

Since the Horcrux was destroyed (after Harry’s sacrifice in the forest), the connection between Harry and Voldemort should have broken, so how does his scar hurt?


5. Delphi



First of all, Voldemort thought he would live forever, therefore negating the need for an heir. Secondly, even if he wasn’t interested in creating a baby, he believed that the finer points of humanity would be considered a weakness. Consequently, he would never have had any romantic or lustful inclinations. Finally, if Bellatrix were pregnant between Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, wouldn’t Draco have noticed it?

It doesn’t make any sense that Voldemort would have impregnated Bellatrix.


What did you think of the play? Are there any other plot holes or continuity issues I missed out? Let us know in the comments!

Minal Daswani

I entered the wizarding world in 2006, and haven’t left. In my Muggle time, I enjoy reading, bingeing TV shows, baking, and travellng.