When I read the Harry Potter series for the first time, I never really speculated about what was going to happen in the next book to be released. I think because I was so into the world J.K. Rowling created, it was easy to just wait for her to drop some major surprises on us and still give us what we wanted. But with a new story releasing nearly a decade later, there are things fans hope to see in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because we're all totally invested.
Not that queen Rowling could do any wrong, but it's easy to think of the story lines you'd like her new work to follow, right? After seven books, fans have fallen in love with certain characters, longed for specific relationships, and had their hearts broken time and time again. And that epilogue in the last book? It simply wasn't enough. (And since Rowling is constantly dropping new knowledge on us about the current life of Harry Potter and company, I guess she didn't think so either.)
As a Harry Potter fan, I trust Rowling with my life. (I mean, literally. I gave her most of it.) But I'd be lying if I said there weren't some things I was hoping for in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Like, hey, can we make sure no father figures die? And can Molly Weasly be a totally kick*ss grandmother? There's at least 17 things fans hope to see in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but let's be real —we're just happy he's back.
1. Snape's Portrait In The Headmaster's Office
Rowling has already dropped knowledge on us that Harry would have made sure that Snape's portrait was hanging in the headmaster's office, but I'd like to see it actually there, representing the brave professor.
2. Harry & Ginny Arguing Over The Dishes
And behaving like an ordinary married couple. He may be the Chosen One and she may be a professional Quidditch player, but I expect to see some serious competition with the snitch to see who has to take out the trash. (And can we get one fight where Ginny says, "I let you name all of our children, so let me have this one" because home girl didn't stand a chance with those babies.)
3. Albus Severus Sorted Into Slytherin
There are so many reasons to see Albus Severus sorted into Slytherin, mainly to prove that not all Slytherins are evil.
4. Actual Defense Against The Dark Arts Being Taught
Aside from Professor Lupin and fake Mad-Eye, students have rarely been taught actual defense against the dark arts. Maybe Dumbledore's Army is now an actual club for everyone to join, or maybe they just got a professor that doesn't suck.
5. Harry As A Father
He is one, sure, but can we see it in action? For a boy that grew up without one and lost so many father figures (I will never forgive the death of Sirius), it's going to be supremely interesting to see him as a dad.
6. Someone's Affinity For The Dark Arts
I mean, the dark arts aren't gone, right? Let's hope someone out there is still interested in curses and horcruxes and more.
7. A Battle Of Hogwarts Remembrance
Whether it's something the ministry puts together or Hogwarts, I think we can all agree that this is more than necessary.
8. Ron & Hermione In Counseling
When Rowling told the world that Ron and Hermione's marriage would need counseling, I rejoiced. Not because I hope they've had bad times, but because it's so very real and proves how hard they'll work for their marriage. But with stressful jobs, their personalities, and two kids — I'd love to see them actually in counseling.
9. Hermione As Minister Of Magic
Or holds some other esteemed title. Maybe S.P.E.W. has gone global and now she's rocking the activism side of things.
10. No More Voldemort
I don't know if I want more Voldemort. I think Rowling beautifully wrapped up that story line and I would like for it to stay that way.
11. The Order Of The Phoenix
Who would be in it now? Teddy Lupin? Neville? George? Can we please get a look into one of these meetings, even if it's just the gang playing Cards Against Humanity and getting drunk on butterbeer because there's no threat to their world?
12. Scorpius Malfoy Befriending The Potters & Weasleys
It always killed me a little that Draco and Harry never became buds, especially after they saved each other in the end. And I'm not going to lie, I've always had a soft spot for Lucius and Narcissa. I'd love to see the new generation bring these families together.
13. A Dursley At Hogwarts
Come on. Epic, right? Dudley may be just like his parents, but his aunt was a witch so it makes sense that one of his children could carry the magical qualities, too.
14. Teddy Lupin As The Cursed Child
I know he's not, but let's get some more story on him, shall we? The deaths of Lupin and Tonks can not be in vain, Rowling.
15. Umbridge In Azkaban
The Donald Trump of the wizarding world doesn't deserve any attention, but I'd love to see how she's faring in Akaban.
16. No Father Figures Die
Like none, Rowling. Not even an older Arthur Weasley surrounded by his loved ones and drifting peacefully off to sleep. Don't you do it.
17. Albus's Being Nothing Like His Parents
Come on. We all love Harry and the gang, but can Albus have a dark side? Maybe he's terrible at Quidditch despite both of his parents being two of the best players the world has ever seen. He excels at potions, gets sorted into Slytherin, and is maybe a little bitter at his association with his parents, especially for giving him that giant, pressure-filled name. Geez.