Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne (based on an original story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany), opened to magical reviews in London on July 30th. The play’s script was released in print the following day, officially becoming the eighth book in Rowling’s beloved series. Boasting dynamic new characters and charming old faces, the script picks up 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We find Harry, now a tired Ministry of Magic employee, grappling with both fatherhood and adult life as “the boy who lived.”
To celebrate the book’s release, we’ve assembled a list of the story’s five best characters* (and one honorable mention). Enjoy browsing the gallery, but be warned: there are major spoilers ahead.
*This list is solely based on the script; this writer has not seen the play and is not critiquing the actors’ performances.