Pottermore has released the cast photos of a grown-up Harry and Ginny Potter and their child, Albus Severus Potter, a week before the first preview of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in London’s West End. The two-part “Cursed Child” takes place 19 years after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and stars Jamie Parker as Harry, who is now a Ministry of Magic employee, Poppy Miller as Ginny and Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus.
“He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right,” said Rowling of Parker.
Rowling also praised Miller as Ginny, saying “I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy’s Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her.”
She remained very tight-lipped about the supposed “cursed child,” choosing only to remark on the casting choice of Clemmett as Albus.
“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,” said Rowling.
Parker called Harry’s scar and glasses “iconic.” He also noted that this story is, for many, a second trip into the magical world of Harry Potter — one that needs little introduction.
“These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, they’ve grown up with and now they’re adults rejoining the tale, picking it up where they left off and I’m one of them,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Miller added that not only is the audience in for a surprise, but that the cast is always being surprised on stage.
“All of us are seeing things every day, what other people are doing for the first time on stage, that’s making us squeal with excitement. So, bring it on!”
Other cast members include Paul Thornley as Ron and Noma Dumezweni as Hermione.
Pottermore will release more cast photos and information about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” throughout the week.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens July 30 at the Palace Theater in London.