In less than a week from now, on June 7th, the first preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two will see the light at London’s Palace Theatre. To make fans, who are already completely excited for the play, even more thrilled, the pictures from the cast in full character have been released.
The first images were shown on Tuesday, and we got to see Harry Potter and his family: his wife Ginny Weasley and their son Albus Severus Potter.
Jamie Parker (film: Vakyrie, The Lady In the Van) will play Harry Potter, Poppy Miller (film: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will be Ginny Potter and Sam Clemmett (theater: Lord of the Flies, Wendy and Peter Pan) will take on the role of Albus Severus Potter,
Of Jamie Parker’s transformation for the pictures, J.K. Rowling seemed completely pleased, as she said: “He simply is Harry now. There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”
Parker was certainly excited too, he stated:
"They’re just iconic. These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, they’ve grown up with and now they’re adults re-joining the tale, picking it up where they left off and I’m one of them. In a sense you don’t need more than the scar and the glasses, you kind of go, ‘there it is’ and I don’t really know how to put it into words, it’s just immeasurably exciting and I can’t wait to show it to people. It’s a unique gig in the sense that you have seven volumes of backstory that you get to bring on with you. And we were all very keen to make sure that the first time you see Harry it just feels right.”
The following day, on Wednesday, we got to take a look at the beautiful Granger-Weasley family: Ron (played by Paul Thornley), Hermione (portrayed by Noma Dumezweni) and their daughter Rose (played by Cherrelle Skeete).
Cherrelle talked a little bit about her character, Rose and said, “Rose is ambitious, obviously her mum is Hermione so she’s got a lot to live up to. I think they’re quite similar in the fact they put a lot of pressure on themselves. And she just wants to do the right thing.”
J.K. Rowling agreed, adding, “Rose is like her mother, but more secure, more grounded. She was born to wizards and knows her place in the world. Cherrelle plays her perfectly: bossy but deeply loveable.”
And of Hermione herself and her portrayer, Noma Dumezweni, the incredible Miss Rowling had this to say, “'I saw Noma workshop the part and when John Tiffany told me he'd cast her, I was overjoyed. She gets Hermione inside out.”
And finally today, we got the last piece of the puzzle, as pictures of a grown up Draco Malfoy (rocking the long hair à la Lucius) and his son Scorpius Malfoy were released.
Alex Price (TV: Merlin, Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who) will become Harry’s school nemesis, and Anthony Boyle (Theater: Herons, East Belfast Boy) will take on the role of new bad boy, Scorpius.
As if these pictures weren’t enough to suck as back in to the legacy that is the Harry Potter series, a behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot was also released today, take a look:
The play’s storyline, which takes place almost two decades after the end of the original series, also sounds outstanding. Here is the show’s official description:
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Everything looks incredible and, obviously, really well made. The makeup (that scar!) and the costumes look flawless. And the cast has totally embodied the characters, from what we have seen. We are sure that the play will surpass expectations and become an instant classic, such as the original Harry Potter series did.
The show opens on July 30th.