Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Family

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

Family

Over the course of the Harry Potter series, we watched Harry go from an orphan trapped like a prisoner in the Dursley household into a young man who learned that he didn't have to accept the family he was born into. He could make his own.

Harry always felt at home with the Weasleys, so it didn't come as a surprise to us when he married into the Weasley clan at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now Harry has a family of his own: a wife, a daughter, and two sons. But one of those sons wishes he were an orphan.

Ouch. How did Harry Potter, the legit greatest orphan of all time, end up with a son who doesn't want him as a dad? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shows that having a family isn't necessarily a goal. Harry's life isn't done and complete just because he has a family. It's constant work to keep his family together.

Questions About Family

  1. Is Harry Potter a good father? Why or why not?
  2. Is this how you envisioned Harry Potter would be as a father? If so, why? If not, what did you think would be different?
  3. How do Harry's family and Hermione and Ron's family get along?

Chew on This

Albus, Harry, and Delphi all have one thing in common: they just want to know their fathers.

Harry wants all of his children to be just like him, in a way, but he can't see that Albus is drawn to the darker aspects of Harry's personality. By not wanting Harry Potter as a dad, Albus is being like Harry Potter.

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