Why Scorpius Malfoy Will Be A Main Character In 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child'
It's been quite the rollercoaster week for Potterheads, what with Pottermore released cast photos of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child . On Tuesday morning we saw images of Harry, Ginny, and Albus Severus Potter, which were swiftly followed up by images of Ron, Hermione, and Rose Weasley-Granger. And based on this pattern, I'm willing to bet that Scorpius Malfoy's role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be a lot larger than most people bargained for.
You might be wondering how I got from pictures of the Weasley-Grangers and the Potters to "Scorpius is a main character!!!", but bear with me. When you look at the family portraits that have been released so far, there is one glaringly obvious thing missing: the rest of the family. James Sirius Potter, Lily Luna Potter, and Hugo Granger-Weasley are not pictured. And while that doesn't necessarily mean they aren't cast, it does mean something major for our plot — namely, that Cursed Child won't just focus on Albus Severus Potter, but likely also the next gen kids who happen to be entering Hogwarts in the same year. Aside from Rose, the only other major next gen kid who is entering Hogwarts with him just happens to be (you guessed it) Scorpius Malfoy.
And while he might seem like a bit of an outlier when you consider all the other characters we're throwing into the mix, there are a few reasons why Scorpius as a main character doesn't just make sense — it's actually a little bit necessary.
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Plots Revolve Around Trios
We have the Golden Trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione; the Silver Trio of Neville, Luna and Ginny; the Bronze Trio of Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, and Blaise Zabini. These are informal names assigned to the characters by fans, true, but their existence speaks to a much larger trend: Rowling loves herself some trio dynamics. And seeing as this show will be focusing on Albus Severus starting at his first year at Hogwarts, Rose and Scorpius are the most logical partners-in-crime for whatever goes down.
We Know From The Plot That "Past And Present Will Fuse"
According to the plot description, "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places." What better way for the past and present to ~fuse ominously~ than with Albus encountering the son of his father's old enemy? I have long wondered if Draco Malfoy or the Slytherin house was going to get any kind of redemption, or if Harry were ever going to get any closure from what happened at Hogwarts — if Scorpius ends up being a main character, he could be the key to making that happen.
It Is Extremely Likely That Albus Will Be Sorted Into Slytherin
I wrote about this at length yesterday, but there are many indications that Albus Severus Potter will be sorted into Slytherin. It's not just the foreshadowing of him being nervous about it on the train platform, or that he was named after Severus Snape, but the fact that the Cursed Child team went to great lengths not to reveal his House on his robes when Rose Weasley-Granger seems to be already sorted. The only reason to keep that under wraps would be a plot twist — a plot twist like Albus dealing with the burden of his family legacy after being sorted into the very house it seemingly abhors. Where he would, without a doubt, be spending a lot of time with another kid whose family legacy no doubts haunts him — aka, Scorpius Malfoy.
Of course, none of this is confirmed — but if (WHEN) it is, I am totally here for it. All aboard the angst train, woot woot!
To learn more about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visit the official play website here.
Images: Courtesy of Charlie Gray; Warner Bros; Giphy