Spoilers (and spells) abound.

By Samantha Zabell
August 02, 2016

If you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you were likely at a midnight release party on July 31, when the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hit bookstores around the country. The book, however, is not a book at all—it’s the script of the play that debuted last month at the Palace Theater in London. The story takes place 19 years later, as Harry’s youngest son Albus Severus heads to Hogwarts—exactly where we left the Potter family in 2007.

The two-part play is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, in collaboration with playwright Jack Thorne. Because it reads like a script—with stage directions and descriptions of set pieces—it doesn’t quite deliver the immersive experience Harry Potter fans are accustomed to from the seven-part series. While Rowling’s books were rich with description and lengthy dialogue between characters, a play must move the plot forward (it’s already five hours!). So even though the physical book is more than 300 pages, it’s a very quick read.

Despite all of this, it is another story from Rowling, which fans can agree is always a treat. Any extra time spent with the Potters and Granger-Weasleys feels like reuniting with dear friends. And a lot has happened in 19 years—we picked out the most surprising moments from Cursed Child. It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: spoilers are ahead.

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