Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Act III, Scene 9

By Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Act III, Scene 9

Edge of the Forbidden Forest

  • We're back to the present then, but it's still the dark present.
  • Did it not work?
  • Dementors attack and suck out Ron and Hermione's souls.
  • In case you didn't know, the stage directions tell us "it is terrifying" (3.9.40).
  • And here we thought soul-sucking might be a pleasant experience to witness.
  • Snape and Scorpius flee to Hogwarts, where Umbridge is waiting.
  • Snape knocks her back with a spell.
  • The Dementors swoop down, and Snape defends Scorpius with a Patronus.
  • As the Dementors close in on Snape, he tells Scorpius to tell Albus Severus he's proud that the boy carries his name.
  • Suddenly, Scorpius is blasted into the other timeline, the one we started in.
  • Albus is there, and Scorpius tells them that his plan failed, but that's the best they could ask for.
  • Harry and the gang show up to find their kids.
  • Headmistress McGonagall, doing her best Ricky Ricardo impression, tells Albus and Scorpius, "you've got some explaining to do" (3.9.129).