J.K. Rowling, the author of the best selling Harry Potter books which have sold over 450 million copies world wide and have been translated into 79 other languages. Her three companion books (Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & The Tales of Beedle the Bard) were originally published for charity reasons and also the Cormoran Strike crime series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. She announced the release of the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series early in 2015. Later, we got to know it was being released into a two part play being performed at the Palace Theatre in London on a West end stage. It officially opened on Saturday, 30th July 2016 however, there were reduced price previews from June 7 and there were four special preview performances in late May.
What is the Story About?
It’s a brand new tale about Harry and his THREE children – especially his son Albus.
“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,” reads the blurb.
“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.”
Who Plays Who in the Play?
Because this is a play rather than the movies, it is only justified that we get new characters too instead of the people we grew up with. Have a look at who plays who in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.
Albus Potter by Sam Clemmett
Sam previously appeared in The Musketeers, Doctors and Holby City.
Scorpius Malfoy by Anthony Boyle
A former Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama trainee, he’s had theater roles in Herons and East Belfast Boy and a guest spot in Game of Thrones.
Harry Potter by Jamie Parker
Jamie is a 36-year-old theater star who most recently played Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.
Hermione Granger by Noma Dumezweni
The 46-year-old replaced Kim Cattrell at the last minute to impress in Linda.
Ron Weasley by Paul Thornley
As well as many theater roles, Paul’s had movie spots in everything from Les Misérables to Minions.
Draco Malfoy by Alex Price
Alex has previously had TV roles in everything from Doctor Thorne and Father Brown to Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands.
Ginny Potter by Poppy Miller
Poppy had parts in TV’s Line of Duty and movie sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Delphi Diggory by Esther Smith
Esther Smith is best known for her work in the television series Uncle and Cuckoo.
Harry Potter Play Reviews – what do the Critics Say?
It seems like everyone loves Harry’s stage outing. Digital Spy gave it five stars and said called it “a remarkably ambitious project” that “succeeds on almost every level”.
There were full marks flying right, left and center from the rest of the critics, with only a few four stars pulling down the average a smudge.
Why is the Play in Two Parts?
Like the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie, “due to the epic nature of the story” the play was split into two parts.
John Tiffany, director of the play added: “It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories, so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.”
You’ll need to buy two whole tickets – one for each play.
What About Fans who can’t Travel to London?
To clear a bit of confusion, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not a new book, it’s actually the script of the play being published so the fans who are not able to travel to London can experience Harry Potter’s magic all around the globe. JK Rowling had underlined to excited fans: “To be clear! The SCRIPT of #CursedChild is being published #NotANovel #NotAPrequel.” J. K. Rowling isn’t writing the script – but she has co-written the story. She explained that the new story is a result of her collaboration with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.
Is there going to be another Harry Potter book?
“This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
J.K. Rowling has finally let the cat out of the bag and stated clearly that she will not be writing any book on Harry Potter.