15 Heartbreaking 'Cursed Child' Quotes

by Sadie Trombetta

Tears of joy, tears of excitement, tears of anticipation — whatever your feelings were, chances are finally wrapping your hands around a new Harry Potter book made you reach for the tissues, and that was before you even opened up to the first page. Once you start reading, you'll find plenty of heartbreaking Cursed Child quotes to keep your eyes wet with tears. After all, it is a Harry Potter book, so did you really expect anything less?

Spoilers ahead!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings readers back to our childhood, back to our favorite fictional fantasy world, and back into the lives of our most beloved characters, but the newest story also brings us back the unique kind of heartache that only Harry Potter books can create. For all its wonder and magic, it is still a story filled with moments of pain and sorrow, fear and loss, moments of strength and triumph, kindness and love. It is, like most other Harry Potter books, a roller coaster ride of emotions that had readers, or at least this reader, squinting through blurry, tear-filled eyes to read. From the moments of truth and vulnerability of characters you have always known and loved to scenes of distress and suffering of brand new characters who have become your favorites, Cursed Child will require many, many tissues to get through.

Need proof? These 15 heartbreaking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child quotes will have you tearing up in no time.

1. "Albus Severus, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew."

— Harry Potter

2. "I'm just asking you, Dad, if you'll — if you'll stand a little away from me."

"Second-years don't like to be seen with their dads, is that it?"

"No. It's just — you're you and — and I'm me and —"

"It's just people looking, okay? People look. And they're looking at me, not you."

"At Harry Potter and his disappointing son."

— Albus & Harry Potter

3. "So what would you like me to do? Magic myself popular? Conjure myself into a new house? Transfigure myself into a better student? Just cast a spell, Dad, and change me into what you want me to be, okay? It'll work better for both of us."

— Albus Potter

4. "I didn't choose, you know that? I didn't choose to be his son."

— Albus Potter

5. "Voldemort wanted you! Not my son! You told me yourself, the words he said were, 'Kill the spare.' My son, my beautiful son, was not a spare."

— Amos Diggory

6. "You know what? I'm done being made responsible for your unhappiness. At least you've got a dad. Because I didn't, okay?"

"And you think that was unlucky? I don't."

"You wish me dead?"

"No! I just wish you weren't my dad."

"Well, there are times I wish you weren't my son."

— Harry & Albus Potter

7. "Ah, really, what does my opinion matter anymore? I am paint and memory, Harry, paint and memory. And I never had a son."

— Albus Dumbledore

8. "I can't, okay?"

"You can't what?"

"Just — we'll be better off without each other, okay?"

— Albus Potter & Scorpius Malfoy

9. "Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe."

— Albus Dumbledore

10."I've done bad things, you've done worse. What have we become, Dad?"

"We haven't become anything — we simply are as we are."

— Scorpius & Draco Malfoy

11. ""Please — for Lily, for the world, help me."

— Scorpius Malfoy

12. "Kiss me."

Ron thinks and then does. And then the two are yanked apart. And pinned to the ground. And we watch as a golden-whitish haze is pulled from their bodies. They have their souls sucked from them. And it is terrifying.

— Hermione Granger

13. "... And being alone — that's so hard. I was alone. And it sent me to a truly dark place. For a long time. Tom Riddle was also a lonely child. You may not understand that, Harry, but I do ..."

— Draco Malfoy

14. "Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We've been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we've blighted their present."

— Harry Potter

15. "You can't remake your life. You'll always be an orphan. That never leaves you."

— Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script), $17.99, Amazon

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