Rumor: One-Part “Cursed Child” Will Make Scorbus Canon
The relationship between Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter – known to fans of the pairing as “Scorbus” – has been a hot topic in the years since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first premiered in London’s West End in 2016. Now, with the latest revisions to the play, which see it cut down to a one-part format in North America, Scorbus could be made canon.
While not confirmed by official sources, a Twitter user with the handle @FaithNoMoar reports that changes to certain details in the updated play have cemented Scorbus as canon. Previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child resumed in New York City yesterday, November 12. The thread from @FaithNoMoar is too long to include here in its entirety; however, it begins with the following tweet:
SHORTENED HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD MADE SCORBUS CANON THREAD WITH DETAILS #SCORBUS #CURSEDCHILD #CURSEDCHILDNYC (THESE ARE ALL SPECIFIC SCRIPT CHANGES AND ADDITIONS NOT ACTING CHOICES WHICH ALSO ADDED TO THE WHOLE THING) 🧵
— Faith (Taylor's Version) (@FaithNoMoar) November 13, 2021
Some of the changes, the user writes, include that Scorpius has his own realization that he is making sacrifices for Albus, instead of this coming as a suggestion from Severus Snape. Delphi also refers to the weakness that Albus has for Scorpius as “love” rather than as “friendship” when she is torturing Scorpius with the Cruciatus Curse. Additional dialogue in relation to girlfriends surrounding the character of Polly Chapman was cut, as were some of the interactions between Scorpius and Rose that implied romantic chemistry. The user also writes that a scene was added in which Albus describes Scorpius as “the most important person in [his] life” in a conversation with Harry, explaining that its tone came across as a moment of approval between father and son.
As noted by Twitter user @FaithNoMoar, these changes were only made in the North American version of the play. Last month, we additionally reported that the Broadway production of Cursed Child has hired its first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Patricia Dayleg. The Broadway production of Cursed Child officially reopens on December 7.