Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Literary Elements

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Literary Elements

Genre

Fantasy, Drama, and Adventure

Setting and Context

Wizarding World.

Narrator and Point of View

The book is a play script, so it does not have a narrator.

Tone and Mood

Adventurous, dark, and dramatic.

Protagonist and Antagonist

Albus and Scorpius are the protagonist of the play with their fathers Harry and Draco serving the roles of the antagonist.

Major Conflict

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy stole an illegal Time-Turner from the Ministry of Magic in order to save a boy named Cedric Diggory from being killed under Voldemort’s orders. In order to save Cedric, the boys need to travel back to 1995 when Albus’ father was in his fourth year in Hogwarts.

Climax

After saving Cedric, Albus and Scorpius messed up their timeline causing Harry Potter to have been defeated by Lord Voldemort. After fixing the timeline they discover that Delphi, who said she was Amos Diggory’s niece was actually Lord Voldemort’s daughter. She wanted to use the time-turner to meet her father and make sure that he does not lose the battle he lost decades ago.

Foreshadowing

Harry saying that rumors around the street that Voldemort had a child and that Scorpius Malfoy was not the first person to have been pointed at. Also, Bane telling Harry that his son has a black cloud around him. The person could have been Scorpius or Delphi.

Understatement

Albus thinking that saving Cedric had zero repercussions.

Allusions

The play is filled with Easter Eggs for true Haary Potter fans. Example: During the beginning Ginny tells Albud to run straight into the Platform wall. That was the same advise that Molly Weasley gave Harry in his first year going to Hogwarts.

Imagery

The stage directions gives the readers of what the audience is supposed to see in the play. For examples: dementors, fire, wind, flying, and etc.

Paradox

The paradox itself is time. Time cannot be changed or rewritten it’s something that it should never be messed with.

Parallelism

The journey of Albus and Scorpius is parallel to Harry’s journey when he was his age. Although it was not of the same scale, both of their journeys involved dangerous obstacles, dark magic, and powerful dark wizards.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

N/A

Personification

N/A

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