With the first previews of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part 1 already out last Tuesday, spoilers and several smaller details have started emerging even though author J.K. Rowling pleaded to fans not to reveal the events from her new play.
Though the major plotline of the new play picks up 19 years after Harry Potter defeated Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts, many of the beloved characters from the books are returning. According to some of the spoilers revealed by Time.com, someone really evil is returning as reports suggested the appearance of ?one of the book?s more diabolically unpleasant characters, who turns up at the end and whom we had hoped we had seen the last of.?
Could it be possibly referring to Voldemort who may have yet another of his horcruxes hidden somewhere? While it may seem most plausible as he is one of most unpleasant characters, there can still be someone as sinister who could be a major villain in the Cursed Child.
It has also been confirmed by Hypable that our beloved Hermione Granger is now the Minister for Magic. The Wizarding World post-Voldemort has changed quite a lot as a Muggle born has risen to become the Minister of Magic at a relatively young age of late-30s. Also, despite racial overtones from social media over the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, she has been touted as one of the standout performers of the Cursed Child with a perfect mix of the mature, commanding, and awe-inspiring girl we know from the books.
Meanwhile, Harry himself is a middle management Ministry official in the aurors sector. Ron, on the other hand, had quit the Ministry after a couple of years and went to join George in running the joke shop since he couldn?t manage it alone without Fred.
Another gasping reveal of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that took the audience by surprise was Harry?s son, Albus Severus Potter, being sent to Slytherin by the sorting hat which was kind of unexpected. He joined Malfoy?s son, Scorpius Malfoy, and there will certainly be bonding between the two while Rose Granger-Weasley was sent to Gryffindor.
Several smaller details have also emerged including that Dumbledore is back but in the form of a talking painting and the play also offers the best possible good explanation as to why we should not mistake a portrait for an actual person. Also returning is the Dursley family, who kept Harry for all those years when he returned from Hogwarts. There are reports that the Part 1 of the play ends with a big cliffhanger and as the plot indicates, it could possibly be hinting at the return of some sinister character from Harry?s past.
The official synopsis of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child goes ?It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn?t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.?
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book will be released on July 31, at which point everyone will be able to enjoy the official ?eighth story.?