ALBUS Severus Potter has a new face.
The cast pictures for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stage play The Cursed Child have been revealed with the Potter family in full costume laid bare.
Actor Sam Clemmett announced that he had secured the coveted role of the Cursed Child himself, Albus Severus Potter.
He wrote on Twitter: “Thrilled to announce I will be playing Albus Severus Potter in @HPPlayLDN :D”
Actress Poppy Miller was also revealed as Ginny Potter, while there was a first look at Jamie Parker in full Harry costume, complete with scar.
The announcement comes one week before the first preview takes place in London.
The full cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play were recently revealed after rehearsals officially began for the hotly anticipated production.
The stage show – a continuation of the popular novels and movie series – announced the three leads back in December and have now rounded out the whole team.
Jamie Parker playing Harry, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley taking the role of Ron Weasley, are joined by a 56-strong team of actors, producers and creatives.
The play is based on an original story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and will debut at the Palace Theatre in the heart of London’s theatre district this summer.
According to an announcement on the Pottermore site more characters will be revealed in due course, with the full list of names including several child actors “who will alternate between roles”.
The cast list includes actors such as Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle as well as Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan and more.
The Cursed Child will focus on Harry – now an “overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children” – and his middle child, Albus Severus, who struggles with his family’s legacy as he begins at Hogwarts.
The synopsis reads: “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.”
Despite not originally knowing who would be taking the lead roles, The Cursed Child managed to set a West End record when it sold 175,000 tickets in 24 hours.
Even better news for Harry Potter fans who didn’t snap up tickets to the two-part play – it’s being released in book form in summer.
The script picks up 19 years after the climactic events of the last book, is being released on July 31st – Harry Potter’s birthday.
Announcing the news on the Pottermore website, publishers wrote: “Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up after that moment and is staged in two parts, due to the â€˜epic nature of the storyâ€™.
“The play opens in Londonâ€™s West End this summer, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is officially the eighth story in Harry Potter canon and a new play by Jack Thorne.
“Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the playâ€™s world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the playâ€™s preview performances.” – Daily Mirror