Harry Potter is ‘all grown up’ in teaser for Cursed Child
The new Harry Potter cast has been unveiled – and the boy wizard is all grown up.
Stage adaptation Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in the West End later this month – with JK Rowling penning the sequel to the popular book series.
Ahead of the launch, today photos of the main cast members were made public for the first time.
Jamie Parker is taking on the role of Harry Potter from Daniel Radcliffe – with the now middle-aged wizard trading his robes for a suit, but keeping the iconic glasses and lightning scar.
Rowling said: “He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”
Parker said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Sam Clemmett is taking on the role of Albus Severus Potter, Harry’s son – who is heading to Hogwarts for the first time.
Rowling said: “There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better.”
Poppy Miller will take on the role of Ginny Potter (née Weasley), Harry’s wife and Albus’ mother.
The author added: “I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy’s Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her.”
Separately to the project, blockbuster film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit cinemas in November.
The follow-up to the popular wizarding franchise, is set in the same universe as Harry Potter but takes place decades earlier, following the adventures of author Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York.
The setting of the film rules out the return of many fan favourites from the Potter franchise, who were not alive in the 1920s – but some speculated speculating that the film could feature a young version of beloved headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who would have been alive during the time period.
Actor Dan Fogler hinted of the film: “As the stories go along, you will hear mention of your favourite characters,” he said, “And you may meet their young counterparts along the way.”