The boy who lived is now a man, and his friends have aged, too. Official photographs of the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” characters give fans glimpses at what Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger look like as adults. The images of the two-part play’s cast also reveal the characters’ young children.
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Draco (Alex Price) and Scorpius (Anthony Boyle) were made public Thursday, and J.K. Rowling appeared very pleased with the platinum blond family members. “I love Draco and Scorpius — they actually look related,” she told Pottermore.
The author helped create the story for the play with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. She hinted that despite Scorpius being just 11 years old, he may already be smooth around the ladies. “I’ve got a feeling Scorpius is going to do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men,” she said. (Rowling has previously expressed her displeasure about those who romanticize Draco.)
Wednesday brought the revelation of the Granger-Weasley family. Ron (Paul Thornley), Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and daughter Rose (Cherrelle Skeete) look happy in their new family portrait.
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Rowling revealed that Rose is much like Hermione, but growing up with Ron as her father has given her some distinct differences. “Rose is like her mother, but more secure, more grounded,” Rowling explained. “She was born to wizards and knows her place in the world. Cherrelle plays her perfectly: bossy but deeply loveable.”
It’s worth noting that all the children, including Harry’s son Albus Severus (Sam Clemmett), are in their presorting Hogwarts uniforms. The parents of Rose and Albus were all in Gryffindor, and Scorpius’ father and other forebears were in Slytherin. Will the kids continue family traditions?
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” begins previews at the Palace Theatre in London June 7. The two-part play constitutes the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga, set 19 years after Harry defeated Voldemort. It officially premieres July 30.