Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a mere one week away from its first preview performance. New photos have been released by Harry Potter Theater Productions featuring the stars of the upcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The photos include cast members Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Severus Potter).
Now into their adulthood, Harry and Ginny have married and have a child, Albus Severus Potter, just as we witnessed at the very end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
“He simply is Harry now,” Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said of Jamie Parker’s titular role. “There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”
When asked about being a grown up Harry Potter and sporting an adult look, Parker explained that it’s a perfect fit.
“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.”
Harry Potter is instantly recognizable by his round spectacles and the scar of a lightning bolt he’s had since he was a baby. If you look closely, you can see Jamie donning the famous scar.
“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.”
Look for more Harry Potter and the Cursed Child character reveals as Pottermore will continue showing them throughout the week. The play is considered canon and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. The two-part play follows Harry’s adult life as husband, father and employee of the Ministry of Magic, as well as Albus’ struggle to live up to the family name.