I have heard it both ways; some say "kerst" while others say "ker-sid". How do they pronounce it in the play?

Which is the official pronunciation?

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    Asking which is the "correct" pronunciation is merely a matter of dialects of English, and not a question pertaining to the fictional universe. The video you cite here notes that the pronunciation emphasizing the -ed is old-fashioned, and that either may be used. Even within the Potterverse, different speakers of English, within Britain and without, will pronounce the adjective "cursed" differently. "How do they pronounce it in the play" is certainly a valid question, but it may turn out that different actors pronounce it differently - I don't think it can be called "official" either way.
    – recognizer
    Aug 1, 2016 at 18:46
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    I am inclined to agree. It is just a regional or idiolectic difference.
    – Adamant
    Aug 1, 2016 at 18:47
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    I disagree. Asking how the show title is to be officially pronounced is very much on topic
    – Valorum
    Aug 1, 2016 at 19:20
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    @Valorum - I think it's a bit like asking "How does one officially pronounce 'the' in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'?" Is this really relevant fandom information?
    – Adamant
    Aug 1, 2016 at 19:22
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    @Adamant - I would imagine that the prospect of mispronouncing the title (and appearing foolish to other fans) would make most fans shudder.
    – Valorum
    Aug 1, 2016 at 19:24

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Sam Clemmett (the actor who portrays Albus Potter) refers to it as cur-sed (curr-sedd).

Whereas JKR herself pronounces it as cursed ("kirst")

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    In other words, pretty much individual pronunciation?
    – Adamant
    Aug 1, 2016 at 19:17
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    I just phoned the theatre. The nice lady I spoke to said they'd been told that it was "Harry Potter and the 'kurr-sid' child" by their boss.
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2016 at 0:16
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    @Valorum I'd add that into the answer. :) Also, I've listened to Sam say it in that 1st video over and over, and each time it sounds like "kirst" (1-syllable) to me.
    – RedCaio
    Aug 2, 2016 at 19:24

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