Get the best Harry Potter and the Cursed Child quotes from the stage play to transport you back to the wizarding world and teach you something meaningful about friendship, bravery, the past, and so much more.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is *technically* not part of the original Harry Potter books. But, rather, it is a stage play that picks up the story of Harry Potter decades later, as Harry's son Albus Severus Potter attends Hogwarts and befriends Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius Malfoy.
This next generation of wizards travels in time to save Harry's old classmate, Cedric Diggory. And as Albus Severus embarks on his own wizarding journey, painful memories of Harry's past are resurrected and discord develops between Harry and his son.
The following Harry Potter and the Cursed Child quotes are actually my favorites from any Harry Potter book. I think this is because the passage of time allows the beloved original series characters to reflect back on the past and what Harry's quest against Voldemort meant.
While these quotes continue to reflect themes of friendship, bravery, love, and light and darkness, as they did in the original book series, characters also reveal things like their motivations at that time, which brings closure to the story.
Besides the characters mentioned above, the below Harry Potter and the Cursed Child quotes also come from beloved characters like Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Professor McGonagall, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Amos Diggory, and more.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Quotes
“Harry Potter told his son you’re a great man. [...] He said you were the bravest man he’d ever met. He knew, you see — he knew your secret — what you did for Dumbledore. And he admired you for it — greatly. And that’s why he named his son — my best friend — after you both. Albus Severus Potter.”
“Tell Albus - tell Albus Severus - I'm proud he carries my name.”
"I didn't choose, you know that? I didn't choose to be his son."
"Slytherin is the House of the snake, of Dark Magic… It’s not a House of brave wizards."
"So we need to choose now who to be friends with for life?"
"To suffer is as human as to breathe."
"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."
"Slytherin, Gryffindor, whatever label you’ve been given — I know — know — that heart is a good one — yeah, whether you like it or not, you’re on your way to being some wizard."
"Nothing scares me. Apart from mum."
"Of course I loved you . . . and I knew that it would happen all over again . . . that where I loved, I would cause irreparable damage. I am no fit person to love . . . I have never loved without causing harm."
"I’m Rubeus Hagrid. And I’m gonna be yer friend whether yeh like it or not."
"Sweets, they always help you make friends."
"Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch."
"It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?"
"It's time that time-turning became a thing of the past."
“Most of the time, I think you have to make a choice—at a certain point—of the man you want to be. And I will tell you at that time you need a parent or a friend. And if you've learnt to hate your parent by then and you have no friends...then you're all alone. And being alone—that's so hard."
"Bravery doesn’t forgive stupidity. Always think. Think what’s possible."
"I didn’t volunteer for adventure, I was forced into it."
"I, uh, I opened a book. Something which has — in all my years on this planet — never been a particularly dangerous activity."
"You -- the three of you -- you shone you know? You liked each other. You had fun. I envied you those friendships more than anything else."
"The Boy Who Lived. How many people have to die for the Boy Who Lived?"
"I’m not sure being fearless is going to be good for your health."
"Sometimes costs are made to be borne.”
"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."
"All we have is our wits and — no, that's all, our wits."
"How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues. Take him to a library."
"Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe."
"If you answer the gossip, you feed the gossip."
"That’s the thing, isn’t it? About friendships. You don’t know what he needs. You only know he needs it."
"We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come."
"I shouldn't have survived -- it was my destiny to die -- even Dumbledore thought so -- and yet I lived. I beat Voldemort. All these people -- all these people -- my parents, Fred, the Fallen Fifty -- and it's me that gets to live? How is that? All this damage -- and it's my fault."
"There is no escaping the past."
"People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are– have always been– heroic in really quiet ways."
“One person. All it takes is one person."
"We haven't become anything — we simply are as we are."
“Pity is a start, my friend, a foundation on which to build a palace — a palace of love.”
"Please — for Lily, for the world, help me."
“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what—those flaws almost made them greater.”
“The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don't want that.”
“I mean, normally, being in lockdown, being in constant detention, it’d break me, but now — what’s the worst they can do?"
"I was blind. That is what love does. I couldn’t see that you needed to hear that this closed-up, tricky, dangerous old man . . . loved you."
"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."
“My geekness is a-quivering.”
"I couldn’t save Harry for Lily. So now I give my allegiance to the cause she believed in. And it’s possible — that along the way I started believing in it myself.”
"If I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you."
"You can't remake your life. You'll always be an orphan. That never leaves you."
“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
“It took me a long time to discover your weakness, Albus Potter. I thought it was pride, I thought it was the need to impress your father, but then I realised your weakness was the same as your father's - friendship.”
"Thank you for being my light in the darkness.”
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