As we all get ready for the Eighth official Harry Potter adventure to hit, we are finally given a good look at the Potters, Weasleys and Grangers…
The first image (below) shows the Potters in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The family is: Harry, played by Jamie Parker, Poppy Miller as Ginny and Sam Clemmett as Albus.
J.K. Rowling said of Jamie Parker: “He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”
Parker himself says of Harry: “He’s wearing a suit because he’s a Ministry man, but he’s not just a bloke in a suit, that’s way too anonymous. And it sounds strange but we talked around a lot of different suits, because there are suits and suits, and a lot of them we put on and we went ‘Mmm it’s just not right.’
“With all the character’s costumes we want them to be instantly familiar when people see them, so that people feel like the story’s safe in our hands, and that we’re taking that responsibility seriously.”
And it looks like Harry still has the glasses and scar that fans know so well: “They’re just iconic,” Parker says.
“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.”
In the next image (below) we see Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and Ron (Paul Thornley) with daughter Rose (Cherrelle Skeete).
Rowling, talking about her now grown up characters, says: “Ron in his forties isn’t very different from Ron in his teens, except that his feet hurt a bit more.”
However, the biggest new character is daughter Rose: “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,” said Rowling.
Actress Skeete added that Rose “just wants to do the right thing.”
The show is only a week from its first public viewing and the book of the stage show is set for release in July.
You can check out more images of the cast in the links below.