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  ALBUS/RON: This is all too weird.

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: You were impressive. Good blocking action.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: I don't know whether to high-five you or frown at you for kissing your aunt about five hundred times!

  ALBUS/RON: Ron's an affectionate guy. I was trying to distract her, Scorpius. I did distract her.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: And then there's what your dad said . . .

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: Boys . . . She will be back -- we don't have long.

  ALBUS/RON (to SCORPIUS/HARRY): You heard that?

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: Where would Hermione hide a Time-Turner? (She looks around the room, she sees the bookcases.) Search the bookcases.

  They start to search. SCORPIUS/HARRY looks at his friend, concerned.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: Why didn't you tell me?

  ALBUS/RON: My dad says he wishes I weren't his son. Hardly a conversation starter, is it?

  SCORPIUS/HARRY tries to work out what to say.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: I know the -- Voldemort thing isn't -- true -- and -- you know -- but sometimes, I think I can see my dad thinking: How did I produce this?

  ALBUS/RON: Still better than my dad. I'm pretty sure he spends most of his time thinking: How can I give him back?

  DELPHI/HERMIONE tries to pull SCORPIUS/HARRY towards the bookshelves.

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: Maybe if we could concentrate on the matter at hand.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: My point is, there's a reason we're friends, Albus -- a reason we found each other, you know? And whatever this -- adventure -- is about . . .

  Then he spots a book on the shelf that makes him frown.

  Have you seen the books on these shelves? There are some serious books here. Banned books. Cursed books.

  ALBUS/RON: How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues. Take him to a library.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: All the books from the Restricted Section and then some. Magick Moste Evile. Fifteenth-Century Fiends. Sonnets of a Sorcerer -- that's not even allowed in Hogwarts!

  ALBUS/RON: Shadows and Spirits. The Nightshade Guide to Necromancy.

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: They are quite something, aren't they . . .

  ALBUS/RON: The True History of the Opal Fire. The Imperius Curse and How to Abuse It.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: And lookee here. Whoa. My Eyes and How to See Past Them by Sybill Trelawney. A book on Divination. Hermione Granger hates Divination. This is fascinating. This is a find . . .

  He pulls the book from the shelf. And it falls open. And speaks.

  BOOK: The first is the fourth, a disappointing mark.

  You'll find it in parked but not in park.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: Okay. A book that talks. Bit weird.

  BOOK: The second is the less fair of those that walk on two legs.

  Grubby, hairy, a disease of the egg.

  And the third is both a mountain to climb and a route to take.

  ALBUS/RON: It's a riddle. It's giving us a riddle.

  BOOK: A turn in the city, a glide through a lake.

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: What have you done?

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: I, uh, I opened a book. Something which has -- in all my years on this planet -- never been a particularly dangerous activity.

  The books reach out and grab ALBUS/RON. He only just eludes their grasp.

  ALBUS/RON: What is that?

  DELPHI/HERMIONE: She's weaponized it. She's weaponized her library. This is where the Time-Turner will be. Solve the riddle and we'll find it.

  ALBUS/RON: The first is the fourth. You'll find it in parked, not in park. Ed -- de --

  The books start to try to swallow DELPHI/HERMIONE.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: The second is a disease of the egg, the less fair of those who walk on two legs . . .

  DELPHI/HERMIONE (effusively): Men! De-men . . . tors. We need to find a book on dementors. (The bookcase pulls her in.) Albus!

  ALBUS/RON: Delphi! What is going on?

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: Concentrate, Albus. Do what she said. Find a book on dementors and be very careful.

  ALBUS/RON: Here. Dominating Dementors: A True History of Azkaban.

  The book flies open and swings dangerously at SCORPIUS/HARRY, who has to dodge out of the way. He falls hard against a bookcase which attempts to consume him.

  BOOK: I was born in a cage

  But smashed it with rage

  The Gaunt inside me

  Riddled me free

  Of that which would stop me to be.

  ALBUS/RON: Voldemort.

  DELPHI plunges through the books, back as herself.

  DELPHI: Work faster!

  She's pulled back in, screaming.

  ALBUS/RON: Delphi! Delphi!

  He tries to grab her hand, but she's gone.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: She'd become herself again -- did you notice?

  ALBUS/RON: No! Because I was more worried about her being eaten by a bookcase! Find. Something. Anything on him.

  He finds a book.

  The Heir of Slytherin? Do you think?

  He pulls the book from the shelf, it pulls back, ALBUS/RON is consumed by the bookcase.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: Albus? Albus!!

  But ALBUS/RON is gone.

  Okay. Not that. Voldemort. Voldemort. Voldemort.

  He scans the shelves.

  Marvolo: The Truth, this must be . . .

  He pulls it open. Again it swings away, revealing a splintering light, and a deeper voice than previously heard.

  BOOK: I am the creature you have not seen.

  I am you. I am me. The echo unforeseen.

  Sometimes in front, sometimes behind,

  A constant companion, for we are entwined.

  ALBUS emerges from the books. As himself again.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: Albus . . .

  He tries to grab him.


  ALBUS is violently pulled back into the bookcase.

  SCORPIUS/HARRY: But I can't . . . an invisible echo, what is that? The only thing I'm good at is thinking and when I need to think -- I can't.

  The books pull him inside them; he's powerless. This is terrifying.

  There's silence.

  Then BANG -- a shower of books are released from the bookcase -- and SCORPIUS reemerges. Smashing the books aside.

  SCORPIUS: No! You don't! Sybill Trelawney. No!!!!

  He looks around, sunk but full of energy.

  This is all wrong. Albus? Can you hear me? All this for a frigging Time-Turner. Think, Scorpius. Think.

  Books try and grab him.

  A constant companion. Sometimes behind. Sometimes in front. Hang on. I've missed it. Shadow. You're a shadow. Shadows and Spirits. It must be . . .

  He climbs up the bookcase, which is horrifying as it rises up at him. Grabbing at him with his every step.

  He pulls the book from the shelf. It comes out and the noise and chaos suddenly stop.

  Is that --

  Suddenly there's a smashing and ALBUS and DELPHI fall out of the shelves and down to the floor.

  We beat it. We beat the library.

  ALBUS: Delphi, are you . . . ?

  DELPHI: Wow. Quite a ride.

  ALBUS notices the book SCORPIUS is holding to his chest.

  ALBUS: Is that? Scorpius? What's inside that book?

  DELPHI: I think we should find out, don't you?

  SCORPIUS opens the book. In the center of it -- a spinning Time-Turner.

  SCORPIUS: We've found the Time-Turner -- I never thought we'd get this far.

  ALBUS: Mate, now we've got this, the next stop is saving Cedric. Our journey has only just begun.

  SCORPIUS: Only just begun and it's almost half killed us. Good. This is going to be good.

  Whispers rise to a roar. And we cut to black.



  AUNT PETUNIA: Harry. Harry. These pots aren't clean. THESE POTS ARE A DISGRACE. HARRY POTTER. Wake up.