With many fans seeing the first teaser for J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter fan base has become reinvigorated. This gave the team behind the upcoming stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” the opportunity to capitalize in the renewed excitement. While the announcement of the show was enough to sell out its first four months of shows, still little was known about the show.
Over the weekend the principle actors were announced on the Pottermore website. They revealed that Jamie Parker had been cast as Harry Potter, Paul Thornley had been cast as Ron Weasley, and that Noma Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger. Many were surprised by Dumezweni’s casting due to her race, she has a very impressive career on West End and even in television shows (“Doctor Who”) that make her a solid choice to play Hermione in her late 30s. She even received support from Rowling after the casting was announced.
Parker and Thornley also have had impressive careers on the West End, with Parker as part of the original cast of “The History Boys” while Thornley appeared in the big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables.” The trio will certainly be up against some scrutiny, but they seem ready for the challenge. With both big screen and small screen experience, they clearly have the previous credits required to pull off the highly anticipated first run of the play.
There is still some time until the children for both Potter and the Weasley’s are announced, it seems likely that they will be integral to the show. The story of “The Cursed Child” takes place almost twenty years after the events of “The Deathly Hallows” with Harry working for the Ministry of Magic. While Harry struggles with the day-to-day life of the Ministry of Magic, his son begins to feel the pressure of being the child of the most famous Wizard in the world.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is written by J.K. Rowling and is set to begin previews on June 7th, 2016. It stars Jaime Parker, Paul Thornley, and Noma Dumezeni.