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DELPHI: Albus. I am the new past.
She pulls ALBUS's wand from him and snaps it.
I am the new future.
She pulls SCORPIUS's wand from him and snaps it.
I am the answer this world has been looking for.
ACT THREE, SCENE SEVENTEEN
MINISTRY OF MAGIC, HERMIONE'S OFFICE
RON is sitting on HERMIONE's desk eating porridge.
RON: I can't get over it, really. The fact that in some realities we aren't even, you know, married.
HERMIONE: Ron, whatever this is, I've got ten minutes until the goblins show up to talk security at Gringotts --
RON: I mean, we've been together so long -- and married for so long -- I mean, so long --
HERMIONE: If this is your way of saying you want a marital break, Ron, then, to be clear, I will skewer you with this quill.
RON: Shut up. Will you shut up for once? I want to do one of those marriage renewal things I've read about. Marriage renewal. What do you think?
HERMIONE (melting slightly): You want to marry me again?
RON: Well, we were only young when we did it the first time and I got very drunk and -- well, to be honest, I can't remember much of it and . . . The truth is -- I love you, Hermione Granger, and whatever time says -- I'd like the opportunity to say so in front of lots of other people. Again. Sober.
She looks at him, she smiles, she pulls him to her, she kisses him.
HERMIONE: You're sweet.
RON: And you taste of toffee . . .
HERMIONE laughs. HARRY, GINNY, and DRACO walk in on them as they move to kiss again. They spring apart.
HERMIONE: Harry, Ginny, and -- I, uh -- Draco -- how lovely to see you --
HARRY: The dreams. They've started again, well, they haven't stopped.
GINNY: And Albus is missing. Again.
DRACO: Scorpius too. We've had McGonagall check the entire school. They're gone.
HERMIONE: I'll get the Aurors summoned immediately, I'll --
RON: No, you won't, it's all fine. Albus -- I saw him last night. It's all good.
They all turn to look at RON, he's briefly disconcerted but batters on.
RON: I was having a couple of firewhiskies with Neville in Hogsmeade -- as you do -- setting the world to rights -- as we do -- and we were coming back -- quite late, very late, and trying to work out which Floo I could use because when you've had a drink sometimes you don't want to use the tight ones -- or the turny ones or --
GINNY: Ron, if you could get to the point before we all strangle you?
RON: He hasn't run away -- he's having a quiet moment -- he's got himself an older girlfriend --
HARRY: An older girlfriend?
RON: And a cracking one at that -- gorgeous silver hair. Saw them on the roof together, near the Owlery with Scorpius playing the gooseberry. Nice to see my love potion being used well, I thought.
HARRY has a thought.
HARRY: Her hair -- was it silver and blue?
RON: That's it -- silver, blue -- yup.
HARRY: He's talking about Delphi Diggory. Niece of -- Amos Diggory.
GINNY: This is about Cedric again?
HARRY says nothing, thinking fast. HERMIONE looks around the room, concerned, and then shouts out of the door.
HERMIONE: Ethel! Cancel the goblins.
ACT THREE, SCENE EIGHTEEN
ST. OSWALD'S HOME FOR OLD WITCHES AND WIZARDS, AMOS'S ROOM
HARRY walks in, wand outstretched, with DRACO.
HARRY: Where are they?
AMOS: Harry Potter, and what can I do for you, sir? And Draco Malfoy. I am blessed.
HARRY: I know how you've used my son.
AMOS: I've used your son? No. You, sir -- you used my beautiful son.
DRACO: Tell us -- now -- where are Albus and Scorpius? Or face the profoundest consequences.
AMOS: But why would I know where they are?
DRACO: Don't play the senility card with us, old man. We know you've been sending him owls.
AMOS: I've done nothing of the kind.
HARRY: Amos, you're not too old for Azkaban. They were last seen on the Hogwarts tower with your niece when they disappeared.
AMOS: I have no idea what you are . . . (He stops, a beat, confused.) My niece?
HARRY: There are no depths to which you won't sink, are there -- yes, your niece, are you denying she was there under your express instructions?
AMOS: Yes, I am -- I don't have a niece.
This stops HARRY.
DRACO: Yes, you do, a nurse, works here. Your niece . . . Delphini Diggory.
AMOS: I know I don't have a niece because I never had any brothers and sisters. And nor did my wife.
DRACO: We need to find out who she is -- now.
ACT THREE, SCENE NINETEEN
HOGWARTS, QUIDDITCH PITCH
We open on DELPHI, enjoying every second of her changed identity. Where there was discomfort and insecurity, now there's just power.
ALBUS: What are we doing on the Quidditch pitch?
DELPHI says nothing.
SCORPIUS: The Triwizard Tournament. The third task. The maze. This is where the maze was. We're going back for Cedric.
DELPHI: Yes, it is time to spare the spare once and for all. We will go back for Cedric and in doing so we will resurrect the world you saw, Scorpius . . .
SCORPIUS: Hell. You want to resurrect hell?
DELPHI: I want a return to pure and strong magic. I want to rebirth the Dark.
SCORPIUS: You want Voldemort's return?
DELPHI: The one true ruler of the wizarding world. He will return. Now, you've ensured the first two tasks are a little clogged up with magic -- there are at least two visits from the future in both of them and I will not risk being revealed or distracted. The third task is clean, so let's start there, shall we?
ALBUS: We won't stop him -- whatever you force us to do -- we know he needs to win the tournament with my dad.
DELPHI: I don't just want you to stop him. I want you to humiliate him. He needs to fly out of that maze naked on a broomstick made of purple feather dusters. Humiliation got you there before and it'll get us there again. And the prophecy will be fulfilled.
SCORPIUS: Wasn't aware that there was a prophecy, what prophecy?
DELPHI: You have seen the world as it should be, Scorpius, and today we're going to ensure its return.
ALBUS: We won't. We won't obey you. Whoever you are. Whatever you want us to do.
DELPHI: Of course you will.
ALBUS: You'll have to use Imperio. You'll have to control me.
DELPHI: No. To fulfill the prophecy, this has to be you, not a puppet of you. You have to be the one to humiliate Cedric, so Imperio just won't do -- I'll have to force you by other means.
She takes out her wand. She points it at ALBUS, who sticks his chin out.
ALBUS: Do your worst.
DELPHI looks at him. And then turns her wand on SCORPIUS.
DELPHI: I will.
DELPHI: Yes, as I thought -- this seems to frighten you more.
SCORPIUS: Albus, whatever she does to me -- we can't let her --
SCORPIUS yells out in pain.
ALBUS: I will . . .
DELPHI (laughing): What? What on earth do you think you can do? A wizardwide disappointment? A sore on your family name? A spare? You want to stop me hurting your only friend? Then do what you're told.
She looks at ALBUS, his eyes stay resistant.
ALBUS: Stop. Please.
CRAIG runs in, full of energy.
CRAIG BOWKER JR.: Scorpius? Albus? Everyone's looking for you --
ALBUS: Craig. Get away. Get help!
CRAIG BOWKER JR.: What's happening?
DELPHI: Avada Kedavra!
DELPHI sends a blast of green light across the stage -- CRAIG is propelled backwards by it -- and is immediately killed.