I talk a lot about name meanings in Harry Potter, but I don’t usually focus much on the next generation kids, because most of their names are so obvious – particularly Harry’s children. However, it occurred to me earlier today that Albus Severus Potter, as portrayed in Cursed Child, actually has a lot in common with both of his namesakes.
Like Severus Snape, he …
- Is a Slytherin
- Has a childhood friendship with a girl named after a flower, which ends during their time at Hogwarts, at least partially because she does not approve of the people he chooses to be friends with
- Is easily misled by someone with a connection to Voldemort
- Plays a role in the fulfillment of a prophecy relating to Voldemort
- Is a somewhat morally ambiguous character who ultimately chooses the side of good
Like Albus Dumbledore, he …
- Is a misfit in his own family and does not always get along with them
- Has a brother and sister who are closer to each other than to him
- Makes friends with an unpopular classmate
- Trusts a charming stranger with plans for world domination and gets sucked into their scheme, but later helps to stop them
- Distrusts the Ministry of Magic, working behind their back even though they have the same goals
- Wants to be seen as his own person, not his father’s son (for very different reasons)
- Is highly ambitious, but craves recognition and respect rather than power
However, unlike Snape, he never truly gets involved with the Dark Side and is only tricked into helping with someone else’s evil scheme. He also never stops being a good person and is not cruel to others in the way that Snape was. He is able to reconcile with his family, whereas Dumbledore’s parents and sister died young and his brother never fully forgave him. He has a lot in common with them, but his story has a happier ending.