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  CONTENTS

  PART ONE

  Act One

  Act Two

  PART TWO

  Act Three

  Act Four

  Original cast

  Creative and production team

  Biographies of the original story team

  Acknowledgements

  J.K. ROWLING

  To Jack Thorne

  who entered my world

  and did beautiful things there.

  JOHN TIFFANY

  For Joe, Louis, Max, Sonny and Merle . . . wizards all . . .

  JACK THORNE

  To Elliott Thorne, born 7 April 2016.

  As we rehearsed, he gurgled.

  PART ONE

  ACT ONE

  ACT ONE SCENE ONE

  KING’S CROSS

  A busy and crowded station, full of people trying to go somewhere. Amongst the hustle and bustle, two large cages rattle on top of two laden trolleys. They’re being pushed by two boys, JAMES POTTER and ALBUS POTTER. Their mother, GINNY, follows after. A thirty-seven-year-old man, HARRY, has his daughter LILY on his shoulders.

  ALBUS

  Dad. He keeps saying it.

  HARRY

  James, give it a rest.

  JAMES

  I only said he might be in Slytherin. And he might, so . . . (off his dad’s glare) fine.

  ALBUS (looking up at his mum)

  You’ll write to me, won’t you?

  GINNY

  Every day if you want us to.

  ALBUS

  No. Not every day. James says most people only get letters from home about once a month. I don’t want to . . .

  HARRY

  We wrote to your brother three times a week last year.

  ALBUS

  What? James!

  ALBUS looks accusingly at JAMES.

  GINNY

  Yes. You may not want to believe everything he tells you about Hogwarts. He likes a laugh, your brother.

  JAMES (with a grin)

  Can we go now please?

  ALBUS looks at his dad, and then his mum.

  GINNY

  All you have to do is walk straight at the wall between platforms nine and ten.

  LILY

  I’m so excited.

  HARRY

  Don’t stop and don’t be scared you’ll crash into it, that’s very important. Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous.

  ALBUS

  I’m ready.

  HARRY and LILY put their hands on ALBUS’s trolley – GINNY joins JAMES’s trolley – and together, the family run hard into the barrier.

  ACT ONE SCENE TWO

  PLATFORM NINE AND THREE-QUARTERS

  Which is covered in thick white steam pouring from the HOGWARTS EXPRESS.

  And which is also busy – but instead of people in sharp suits going about their day, it’s now wizards and witches in robes mostly trying to work out how to say goodbye to their beloved progeny.

  ALBUS

  This is it.

  LILY

  Wow!

  ALBUS

  Platform nine and three-quarters.

  LILY

  Where are they? Are they here? Maybe they didn’t come?

  HARRY points out RON, HERMIONE and their daughter ROSE. LILY runs hard up to them.

  Uncle Ron. Uncle Ron!!!

  RON turns towards them as LILY goes barrelling up to him. He picks her up into his arms.

  RON

  If it isn’t my favourite Potter.

  LILY

  Have you got my trick?

  RON

  Are you aware of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes certified nose-stealing breath?

  ROSE

  Mum! Dad’s doing that lame thing again.

  HERMIONE

  You say lame, he says glorious, I say . . . somewhere in between.

  RON

  Hang on. Let me just munch this . . . air. And now it’s just a simple matter of . . . excuse me if I smell slightly of garlic . . .

  He breathes on her face. LILY giggles.

  LILY

  You smell of porridge.

  RON

  Bing. Bang. Boing. Young lady, get ready to not being able to smell at all . . .

  He lifts her nose off.

  LILY

  Where’s my nose?

  RON

  Tada!

  His hand is empty. It’s a lame trick. Everyone enjoys its lameness.

  LILY

  You are silly.

  ALBUS

  Everyone’s staring at us again.

  RON

  Because of me! I’m extremely famous. My nose experiments are legendary!

  HERMIONE

  They’re certainly something.

  HARRY

  Parked all right then?

  RON

  I did. Hermione didn’t believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I’d have to Confund the examiner.

  HERMIONE

  I thought nothing of the kind, I have complete faith in you.

  ROSE

  And I have complete faith he did Confund the examiner.

  RON

  Oi!

  ALBUS

  Dad . . .

  ALBUS pulls on HARRY’s robes. HARRY looks down.

  Do you think – what if I am – what if I’m put in Slytherin . . .

  HARRY

  And what would be wrong with that?

  ALBUS

  Slytherin is the house of the snake, of Dark Magic . . . it’s not a house of brave wizards.

  HARRY

  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.

  ALBUS

  But just say . . .

  HARRY

  If it matters to you, you, the Sorting Hat will take your feelings into account.

  ALBUS

  Really?

  HARRY

  It did for me.

  This is something he’s never said before, it resonates around his head a moment.

  Hogwarts will be the making of you, Albus. I promise you, there is nothing to be frightened of there.

  JAMES

  Apart from the Thestrals. Watch out for the Thestrals.

  ALBUS

  I thought they were invisible!

  HARRY

  Listen to your professors, don’t listen to James, and remember to enjoy yourself. Now, if you don’t want this train to leave without you, you should leap on . . .

  LILY

  I’m going to chase the train out.

  GINNY

  Lily, come straight back.

  HERMIONE

  Rose. Remember to send Neville our love.

  ROSE

  Mum, I can’t send a professor love!

  ROSE exits for the train. And then ALBUS turns and hugs GINNY and HARRY one last time before following after her.

  ALBUS

  Okay, then. Bye.

  He climbs on board. HERMIONE, GINNY, RON and HARRY stand watching the train – as whistles blow up and down the platform.

  GINNY

  They’re going to be okay, right?

  HERMIONE