We don't have long to wait until the magical curtain lifts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London but here's our very first look at adult Harry Potter, his wife Ginny Potter (née Weasley), and son Albus. Revealed on Pottermore as part of what will be a week of character unveilings, we can now see exactly how Jamie Parker looks as our favourite wizard. Well he's certainly rocking that scar perfectly and (thankfully) author and play co-writer J.K Rowling is pleased. "He simply is Harry now," she says. "There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right."
Those strange feelings from seeing one of your favourite characters grown up? You're not alone, and the cast understands the importance of getting the magic exactly right. "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," says Parker.
"It’s a unique gig in the sense that you have seven volumes of back story 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." Joining him on stage is Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter who looks equally on point. Miller is especially pleased with her sleek haircut and jumper which she says she thinks of as a really tasteful Pgymy Puff. Poor Arnold....
And then there's Albus Potter. Obviously named after the headmaster himself, Harry's son is played by Sam Clemmett who says he's probably wearing hand me down robes from his brother James. "This is what Albus wears at the start of the show,’ he says. "I had the idea he was wearing James’s – his older brother’s – hand-me-downs. So I wanted him to feel quite uncomfortable, and be able to play with his clothes."
I'm really looking forward to seeing more characters later this week and glad we'll be able to read the play on release too. The play is getting its first public previews in London's West End next week but will officially start its run on the 30th of July. The script will be released in book form on the same date. Get those Potter parties organised stat.
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