Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Act IV, Scene 15

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

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Act IV, Scene 15

A Beautiful Hill

  • We're on a beautiful hill with Harry and Albus.
  • Harry tells Albus he'll try and be a better dad.
  • Albus says, "Dad, you don't need to—" (4.15.18) which might be the biggest lie in this play.
  • Harry confesses to Albus that he's afraid of pigeons.
  • And he's also afraid of being a dad to Albus.
  • Maybe because they're so similar—Harry says his "childhood was a constant struggle" (4.15.29), just like Albus'.
  • He says that Dumbledore and Snape, whom Albus is named after, had their trials and their flaws, and their flaws are what (almost) made them great men.
  • Subtext: Albus is so dang flawed that he's (almost) amazing.
  • Harry wanders over to a grave, because this beautiful hill is actually a graveyard.
  • They stand over Cedric's grave and remember Cedric and Craig Bowker.
  • Let's remember Craig Bowker, shall we? He died. And…um…uhh…
  • Harry says he didn't know Cedric well, either, but he's still sorry he was stolen.
  • The dead remembered, Harry says, "I think it's going to be a nice day" (4.15.57).
  • Albus agrees.
  • The end.

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