Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Literary Elements

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Literary Elements


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 protagonists 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.


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.


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.


Albus thinking that saving Cedric had no repercussions.


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


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


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


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




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