The next morning, Clay was up at 6am. He knew Rachel had been up through out the night with Luca but somehow he never woke. He didn’t know why and he felt bad. But after checking on Luca that morning, Clay went to see Rachel’s doctor who told him that they were to be released that afternoon. After saying a quick thank you, Clay quickly scribbled down a note on a piece of paper explaining to Rachel he was heading home to take one of the bags and to pick up the car seat since he hadn’t put that in the car yet.
After heading home, he checked on Mia, got the car seat and set it up in the car. By then, it was 11am and the sun was out. He couldn’t help but smile though as he saw all the houses around his, done up for Christmas later on in the month. It was then he vowed he would do the same over the next week.
As he finally got back in the car, he knew Rachel would be wide awake by now and sent her off a message. “I’m finally on my way back!” he typed before pressing send.
This is so totally random but I was wondering what James and Lily (grandad and grandma, that is) looked like in the play? When they were with baby Harry? And did you see them die because I imagined it as being an off stage thing with just the sounds. Thank you lovely and great job on the answers!
Not random at all, the scenes with James and Lily are lovely (well, not the last one, but still).
Both of these roles are double cast: James Potter the grandpa is played by the same actor who plays both Cedric Diggory and the younger James Potter, and Lily Potter is played by Moaning Myrtle’s actress. Not sure if there’s any significance there or if it was purely a question of convenience, but I do think it’s interesting how the first and last victims of Voldemort’s first reign are played by the same actress.
We only see James once, and it’s a quick, quiet scene when he and Lily walk across the stage. It’s snowing quietly. They look young, relaxed, and very much in love, and as some people have wondered about the Fidelius charm, I’m pretty sure that we can assume it extends to Godric’s Hollow, given that James and Lily show no visible anxiety when leaving the house.
It’s quite heartbreaking. Albus, who has had such a difficulty connecting with his family, suddenly yearning to interfere, to say something - and Scorpius, trying to restrain Albus. The second time around we see just Lily, leaving the house with Harry, this time without James. This time Albus stops, shyly waves at Lily who smiles, seeming slightly surprised before moving on. (Scorpius groans, worried about spoiling time).
The scenes with James and Lily echo the dramatic irony of the maze scene where we see Scorpius and Albus let Cedric go to his death: in both scenes, the audience and Albus and Scorpius know that the characters are about to die. All these scenes play out quietly, and the action of the play almost pauses to say goodbye to these characters. The maze scene seems perhaps even more devastating: Cedric runs directly towards his death, having no idea what’s coming, whereas at least Lily and James knew they’re at a mortal risk.
You’re right, Lily’s and James’ death happen off stage. We see Voldemort walk through the stage and then through the stalls and out of the auditorium. The extended trio watches on the edge of the stage (picture for reference), facing the audience, and we hear the voices of Lily, James, and Voldemort from behind our backs. I’ve seen a few posts mentioning that there’s an audio clip of this scene floating around, but honestly, I don’t think hearing what goes on in this scene gives the full picture. The focus of this scene isn’t on hearing the deaths, but on Harry watching them.
This scene is so entirely devastating and I’m still not quite sure if I needed to see Harry, the wonderful, kind, brave Harry who saved so many of us, going through such an agonizing experience after supposedly having come to terms with his parent’s deaths years ago. The books already thoroughly explored the permanence and inevitability of death. What reason does this scene serve (apart from having the audience in tears)? Letting Harry be there for them “until the very end” but unable to act? Helping Albus understand what his dad went through (and was this really the only way for that)? To place Harry as a foil to Delphi who wouldn’t accept not knowing her father? Well, the deaths play out, and Harry ends up entirely crumbling down, shaking violently, and the scene ends with the revolving stage taking them away.
Voldemort is played by the same actor as Snape. They obviously don’t look the same, but as the murder scene relies only on hearing the characters it’s quite easy to notice the similarity in their voices. It’s quite fascinating: while this play has been criticised (or praised, I guess) for being heavy-handed in redeeming Snape, this scene seems to emphasise how Snape played a not insignificant role in how the events of 31/10/1981 played out.