Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Friendship

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Harry Potter found his best friends—Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley—aboard the Hogwarts Express when he was ten. Ever since, the three have been basically inseparable.

Albus Potter finds his BFF aboard the Hogwarts Express, just like his dad did—that's the magic of the Hogwarts Express, we guess. However, Albus' friend, Scorpius, is far from the type of friend Harry wishes his son had. Harry doesn't like his son being buds with the son of his rival…and especially not with a kid who's rumored to be the son of Voldemort.

But Albus and Scorpius show us that you can't really control who you become friends with. They may have chosen to be friends with one another the first day aboard the train, but in a way, their friendship chose them.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Why do Albus and Scorpius become friends? Why do they stay friends? What strengthens their friendship?
  2. What do you think of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's friendship? Do they behave as friends as you'd expect them to as adults?
  3. After the end of the play, will Draco now be a part of the group?

Chew on This

Friendship has always been an important theme in Harry Potter, maybe more than we realized. We learn definitively that one reason Draco Malfoy was so terrible in the original seven books is because he was lonely.

Hermione's daughter, Rose, appears to be making friendships based on superficial judgements. Albus and Scorpius, on the other hand, form a deep, lasting friendship.

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