Harry Potter nerds (it’s fine, I can say that because I am one) are all eagerly awaiting the opening night of the book series’ spin-off play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which officially opens in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre on Saturday February 23.
The whole idea is to #KeepTheSecrets of the show, so plot-wise I don’t want to go into too much detail. But the play follows adult Harry Potter, who is now a stressed and overworked dad and works at the Ministry of Magic. I’m so scared of revealing too much I’m just going to quote the press release, which says:
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.
While previews of the play, which is shown in two parts — you can watch over two days or in one long, glorious go — have been running since January 18, obviously you can’t just take pics willy-nilly while watching. So those who haven’t caught the show are yet to clap eyes on the Aussie cast… until now.
Today the first-look images have been released, and mates they are really something. Like, you may get serious chills.
Here’s our old bespectacled pal Harry Potter (Gareth Reeves) with his misfit son, Albus (Sean Rees-Wemyss).
And here’s a geez at William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco Malfoy, my personal favourite HP character and I’ll fight anyone who argues with me), with Rose Granger-Weasley (Manali Datar) — obviously the daughter of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley — and Albus:
Speaking of the parentals, there’s a delightful pic of the whole grown-ass crew. That’s (left to right) Paula Arundell as Hermione, Gyton Grantley as Ron, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter and Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy:
While I do kinda miss seeing their pimply selves at Hogwarts, it’s cool to see the gang in adult format.
Elsewhere, I don’t want to spoil the plot of the play (which I saw in London last year and loved more than anything else ever), so please enjoy these other images with no context.
Here’s Harry looking stricken with Dumbledore in painting format:
And Hermione casting a [redacted] spell in order to stop [redacted] from [redacted]:
Here’s a shot of Albus and Scorpius excitedly pointing at something, which I’m NOT going to elaborate on so don’t ask me!:
With absolutely no explanation, here’s some drama happening with a whole bunch of the characters, but I obviously can’t tell you what it is. But it looks spicy, no?
If you’re sick of hearing me vaguely talk about this play and stoked on the idea of seeing what your faves have been up to since the books, then you better get some tickets to see the play, which has been extended to February 2020.
You can pick up tickets right HERE at the official site, which will also give details of how to watch (in one day, over two consecutive days, over two non-consecutive days) and how to score $40 tickets in the Friday Forty.