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Meet Harry, Ginny, and Albus from “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child-first-look-700x300Harry Potter. You know who he is. You’ve heard of him. You have probably seen him on the big screen. You may have even read his exploits in books. We all know his history. After confounding an evil Wizard “who shall not be named,” shortly after his parents were both murdered, the young orphan went to live with his Uncle, Aunt and Cousin. Well rather he lived in a cupboard for many years. Then, after several years in a school for Wizards and Witches, he found justice in vanquishing that same evil Wizard (Okay, his name is Voldemort!). The last time we all saw him (on the big screen) he appeared to be happily married to the younger sister of his best friend as he, and his wife, were saying goodbye to their son as he was about to start his education at that same school where young Harry became a man. Now you think he would live happily ever after, yes? Well, perhaps not as this summer the first new Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will premiere! This is a stage play that will show us what adulthood has been like for Harry (played by Jamie Parker) now that he is a middle-aged father of three. Poppy Miller will play Ginny, and Sam Clemmett is their son Albus. Their photos have already been released on Twitter.

While the actors weren’t necessarily cast to resemble any of the younger actors who made those characters famous, Parker’s hair and round wire-frame glasses really allow for him to slip inside the skin of Harry in a most astounding way.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will officially premiere in London’s Palace Theater on July 30. Previews begin later this month. And if you can’t make it over to the West End to see the show, look for the script book to hit shelves on July 31 (which also happens to be Harry Potter’s birthday).

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.

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.

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So if you’re lucky enough to be “across the pond” anytime soon, do you plan on catching a show of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? If you happen to live outside of England, are you big enough of a fan to actually consider making a special trip just to see this new story?
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