Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part stage play sequel to the series' seventh novel, starts its West End previews in a week. (Its script's being published for all to read on July 31.) To stir the hype up right, today we've got a photo, above, of adult Harry and Ginny and their young son Albus Severus Potter. They're played by Jamie Parker, Poppy Miller and Sam Clemmett, respectively.
"[Parker] simply is Harry now," says J.K. Rowling, who was a collaborator on the play but did not write the script; that was Jack Thorne. "There's a kind of relief in watching [Parker], he gets it so right."
No sign of Ron or Hermione yet. The Cursed Child aroused conversation in December '15 for flipping Hermoninny's race with a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, and nixing Won-Won's trademark red hair.
Also new: Harry's suit. Here's what Parker had to say about the look:
"He’s wearing a suit because he’s a Ministry [of Magic] 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. ... 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. ... And we were all very keen to make sure that the first time you see Harry it just feels right.’
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child follows The Boy Who Lived as an overworked adult and father to three Hogwarts students. "While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs," reads one official description, "his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted."