UPDATE: Here's the second batch of photos, showing Ron, Hermione, and their daughter Rose. And here's the third batch, showing the Malfoys.
Did someone say "Accio, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' photos?" Well, they just arrived from Pottermore (via owl, of course) and more are coming tomorrow!
The first look images show the Potter family in character: Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Poppy Miller as Ginny Weasley Potter, and Sam Clemmett as their son Albus Severus Potter.
The first preview of the stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" opens in London June 7, with the story picking up 19 years after the events of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The script book will be released on Harry's and J.K. Rowling's birthday, July 31.
Author J.K. Rowling shared some reaction quotes with the first look images, saying of Jamie Parker, "He simply is Harry now. There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right." (It's OK, Daniel Radcliffe, you are Harry now and always, too!)
Check out these individual shots with quotes from the actors and Rowling:
Jamie Parker explained why Harry is now rocking a suit, along with his "iconic" glasses and scar:
"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'. [...] 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.'"
GINNY WEASLEY POTTER
Poppy Miller said of Ginny's look, "So far I've had a fabulous haircut and, as this is Ginny's hair, it's obviously red and quite sleek,' Poppy explained. 'I also get to wear a gorgeous, hand-knitted jumper. I think of it as a really tasteful Pygmy Puff."
J.K. Rowling 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."
(Wouldn't Ginny wear something a little edgier, cooler, and athletic, as a former professional Quidditch player?)
Sam Clemmett said of Albus's robes, "This is what Albus wears at the start of the show. I had the idea he was wearing James's – his older brother's – hand-me-downs. So I wanted him to feel quite uncomfortable, and be able to play with his clothes."
J.K. Rowling teased some secrets ahead: "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."
Pottermore is revealing two more character images tomorrow (Wednesday) and we're guessing they'll involve Ron and Hermione. What do you think so far?
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