Something magical is coming to the London stage: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens in July, and preview performances start on June 7. With the first show just around the corner, the first photos of the cast in character have finally been released, providing a first look at the play’s versions of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and their families. Even Draco Malfoy and his son appear.
With the play picking up 19 years after the events of the book series, the characters are all grown-up and parents to the next generation of witches and wizards. Although Harry and his wife, Ginny Potter (née Weasley), have three kids, the images only show their youngest, Albus, as he plays a central role in the story.
The official synopsis of the play teases an unwanted family legacy and unexpected darkness:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
While the Potters are dealing with whatever challenges they have to face, they’ll be supported by Ron and Hermione. (It’s just like old times!) In case you were wondering, Hermione did keep her last name, and she hyphenated their daughter’s, making her Rose Granger-Weasley.
Draco Malfoy is back as well, looking as blond and unpleasant as ever. He also has a son: Scorpius. We’ll have to see if he’s back to his villainous ways.
If you can’t make it to London to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, never fear: A book will be published on July 31, Harry’s birthday.