With just a week to go until the first previews of it finally debuts on the West End in London, the first official images of the titular family in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the upcoming eighth installment in the beloved series – have been revealed, which gives us our first look at Jamie Parker (Harry), Sam Clemmett (Albus), and Poppy Miller (Ginny) in costume as the characters, and whether you’ve been prepared for it or not, I’ll be honest, I got chills finally seeing the return of that lightning bolt scar.
As much as I loved the epilogue at the end of the film as well, there is something really interesting about seeing a legitimately older and bit sterner version of Harry here, unlike the prosthetically-aged version of Daniel Radcliffe. From the looks of it too, it doesn’t seem like he’s nearly the same happy-go-lucky self that we saw at the end of the books and films either.
Check out the images for yourself below:
In addition to the debut of the new images as well, Parker spoke briefly about Harry’s new costume in the play:
“He’s wearing a suit because he’s a Ministry man, but he’s not just a bloke in a suit, that’s way too anonymous, and it sounds strange but we talked around a lot of different suits, because there are suits and suits, and a lot of them we put on and we went “Mmm it’s just not right’.”
He also spoke about wearing the iconic glasses and lightning bolt scar in the play:
“They’re just iconic. These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, they’ve grown up with and now they’re adults re-joining the tale, picking it up where they left off and I’m one of them. In a sense you don’t need more than the scar and the glasses, you kind of go, “there it is” and I don’t really know how to put it into words, it’s just immeasurably exciting and I can’t wait to show it to people…It’s a unique gig in the sense that you have seven volumes of backstory that you get to bring on with you. And we were all very keen to make sure that the first time you see Harry it just feels right.”
I really love the look of the costumes and characters, and I like the small but noticeable differences between Dan’s version and Parker’s here. He looks like a messier and possibly darker version of the character than the one that Radcliffe ever really got the chance to play, who was a bit more limited by the films’ time restrictions and creative choices and cuts in their adaptations. Set 19 years after the events of the seventh installment though, and focusing on the difficult relationship between Harry and Albus, I feel like we’re going to get to see a Harry Potter story unlike any other here, one focused on only the relationships between the characters. Coming from someone who spent a large part of their childhood hanging out with these characters both on the page and on the big screen as well, it sounds a bit like a dream come true.
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