Love it or hate it, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story in the Harry Potter saga, is being released (in script form) to the Muggle population on July 31 — Harry's 36th birthday. Regardless of how you feel about J.K. Rowling revisiting the wizarding world nearly a decade after The Deathly Hallows's release, we think Muggles, wizards, and even Squibs can all agree that this is a magical moment in the making.
Cursed Child picks up 19 years after the Second Wizarding War and follows Harry's angst-ridden middle child, Albus Severus Potter, as he "struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted." Meanwhile, Harry grapples with being an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children" — including one son who wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Needless to say, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promises to deliver a roller coaster of emotions.
With Cursed Child on the horizon, soon we'll know what became of the wizarding world and those who nearly lost their lives trying to protect it after Voldemort's defeat. But until then, we have our own thoughts as to what we'd like to see happen during Albus's time at Hogwarts.
Ginny's Infamous Bat-Bogey HexManuel Harlan/HarryPotterThePlay.com
Since we never got to see Ginny use her infamous Bat-Bogey Hex in the Harry Potter films, we'd really like to see bats fly out of someone's nose in Cursed Child.
A Harry Potter Collectible Chocolate Frog CardWarner Bros.
Every Chocolate Frog contains a trading card of a famous witch or wizard. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry collects his first-ever card — and it just so happened to be one with Albus Dumbledore's face on it. At the time, Dumbledore was perhaps the most famous wizard in the wizarding world, and his card was one of the most popular. However, in Cursed Child, which takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, no wizard is more famous than
The Boy Who LivedThe Boy Who Defeated Lord Voldemort. Thanks to J.K. Rowling, we know Harry, Ron, and Hermione each get their own Chocolate Frog trading card following Voldemort's downfall — much to their children's chagrin.
Think about it: It would be pretty awkward for Albus Severus Potter to open up a Chocolate Frog on the Hogwarts Express and see his dad's green eyes staring back at him. Harry's fame, mostly unwanted during his adolescence, is sure to follow him into adulthood — and therefore, follow his children as well.
The Sorting Hat SongManuel Harlan/HarryPotterThePlay.com
Since we know Cursed Child begins with Albus's first year at Hogwarts, the Sorting Ceremony seems like a likely event. While most fans are anxious to see whether Albus will end up in Gryffindor or Slytherin — in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry tells his young son not to worry because one of the bravest men he’d ever known was a Slytherin (sure, Jan) — we're more concerned with the Sorting Hat's song. Though sometimes long-winded and arduous, the Sorting Hat tends to hide thinly veiled messages in its song, which it changes annually. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it hinted at the war to come; for that reason alone, we want to know what it has to say during Albus's first year.
Professor LongbottomWarner Bros.
What is Neville Longbottom like as a professor of Herbology at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Is he now the Head of Gryffindor House? Does he, too, have a special Chocolate Frog trading card in his honor? After all, he did destroy the final Horcrux. Some of the most important relationships Harry had as a student at Hogwarts were with his professors — Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Professor Snape in particular. Will Albus forge a similar bond with Professor Longbottom? We can't wait to find out.
A "What Would Dumbledore Do?" (WWDD) MomentManuel Harlan/HarryPotterThePlay.com
This seems like a given, doesn't it? Throughout his time at Hogwarts, Harry learned many a life lesson from Dumbledore — although, some took longer than others to sink in. Who told Harry that death was but the next great adventure? Dumbledore. Who was it that explained that the most powerful antidote for Dark Magic was love? Dumbledore. Who said, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities?" Dumbledore! The man knew a few things about life, and he'll undoubtedly be a resource for Harry as he navigates fatherhood.
Dumbledore's Army ResurrectedWarner Bros.
In honor of the brave students who fought to save the wizarding world on that fateful night in May, it would be cool to see Hogwarts establish a new Dumbledore's Army — perhaps as a prestigious Defense Against the Dark Arts club — in Cursed Child. Maybe Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy could even join.
Elfish Welfare LegislationWarner Bros.
The existence of S.P.E.W. is one of the most divisive plots in Rowling's Harry Potter saga. For many fans, Hermione Granger's crusade to free the house-elves was both selfish and poorly thought out. After all, the house-elves themselves repeatedly said they didn't want to be free. However, that doesn't mean that all of Hermione's ideas weren't valid. House-elves like Dobby and Winky were often treated like shit by their masters, so there was a serious need for reform — and maybe even some well-deserved compensation. Whatever Hermione Granger-Weasley is doing at the Ministry these days, we bet she's made strides in the promotion of elfish welfare.
Harry's Invisibility CloakWarner Bros.
Does Albus have Harry's Invisibility Cloak? Or is it in his older brother James's possession at Hogwarts? Of course it's also possible that Harry keeps his cloak in his office for safekeeping, but where's the fun in that? Harry, Ron, and Hermione used the Invisibility Cloak for so many of their adventures at Hogwarts, and we'd think that Harry would want his sons to experience it too. (Or maybe Harry isn't a Cool Dad after all.) Similarly, where's the Marauder's Map?
In Memory of Fred WeasleyWarner Bros.
Rowling has already apologized for killing Fred Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts, but frankly, an apology isn't enough. Since Ron is now running Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes with George, we hope there's at least one mention of his dear prankster brother Fred (a.k.a. Forge), who was taken from us far too soon.
The Room of RequirementManuel Harlan/HarryPotterThePlay.com
Where else are Albus and Scorpius doing to get themselves into trouble? The Room of Requirement on the seventh floor was always a resource for Harry at Hogwarts; in Order of the Phoenix, it was used a training room for the DA, and in his sixth year, it's where Harry stored the Half-Blood Prince's potions textbook. We wouldn't be surprised if Albus, like Harry, was drawn to the room's unique capabilities.
Hagrid and BuckbeakWarner Bros.
Hagrid was such a vital part of Harry's adolescence that it seems fitting that everyone's favorite Care of Magical Creatures professor would pop up in Albus's story too. As for Buckbeak, we hope to see that Hagrid's furry friend is still alive and well in Cursed Child — though who really knows the lifespan of a hippogriff?
A Portrait of Severus Snape at Hogwarts
As Headmaster of the school during the 1997–1998 school year, Severus Snape's portrait was hung posthumously in the Headmaster's office. Perhaps a visit to the Headmaster's office will provide us with a touching moment between Albus and his two namesakes, Snape and Dumblemore. (Sob.)