Pottermore recently debuted the next generation cast for the new theatre run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Since gaining fame back in the 90s, the “Harry Potter” fandom always goes big or goes home. Whether it’s the massive book release parties that used to be held all over the world, the long, long lines for midnight movie premieres, or LeakyCon and Pottercon that quickly sell out, Potterheads go mad for anything related to their childhood home.
And it’s been no different in the theatre.
Based on the screenplay, a sequel following the “Deathly Hallows” epilogue, “Cursed Child” took audiences by storm, both when a black actress was cast in the role of Hermione Granger, and also on the stage. The cast won a record-breaking nine Olivier awards in April.
But, as with the lead role in every few seasons of “Doctor Who,” many members of the cast decided to move on to other projects.
Don’t worry, though. West End found their replacements, and now Pottermore has debuted an exclusive first look at the cast playing the children of our favorite characters.
Joining Jamie Glover as Harry Potter, Emma Lowndes as Ginny Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley and Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger is Helen Aluko, who will now be playing the role of Rose Granger-Weasley. Aluko isn’t new to the production, as she was a member of the previous cast ensemble and was an understudy for Rose and other characters.
“What’s great is that now I get to make Rose Granger-Weasley mine. And for me, she’s bubbly and playful, but she’s also got the pressure of having to live up to her mum’s achievements,” Aluko told Pottermore.
As the only daughter of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, it is no surprise that Rose would take on aspects of her father’s playful personality, while having the brains of her mother that makes her feel like she needs to match the accomplishments of the cleverest witch of her age. There is no doubt, however, that Rose will likely have achievements of her own.
Albus Severus Potter
The new Albus Severus will be played by Theo Ancient, who shared his excitement upon joining the Potterverse.
"“All of my family and friends were really overwhelmed to hear that I’d got the part, and so was I! I grew up with Harry Potter. I remember reading the books with my mum and my sister.”"
Not only does Ancient get to join a production of the series he grew up with, but he also gets to play the youngest son of who was likely his childhood hero, which is a fantasy most children only dream about.
The son of Albus’ father’s childhood nemesis, who happens to have become Albus’ friend – Scorpius Malfoy – will be played by Samuel Blenkin. He said the production has a great ensemble.
"“‘I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a group like this where everyone is so on board with accepting the challenge that this is and running with it.”"
The new season of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” debuts at West End in the London Palace Theatre on May 24.
So hurry and get those plane tickets to go see the new cast delight audiences in The City! Otherwise, you can wait until next year and see it in The Big Apple. But there’s just something about West End.