25 mysterious 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' photos – and what they reveal
MANILA, Philippines – Hogwarts will always be home, and Potterheads all over the world got that chance again to enter Harry Potter's wondrous world with the release of the Cursed Child stage play's special rehearsal edition script. (WATCH: 'Harry Potter' is back as 'Cursed Child' hits bookstores around the world)
There's a different magic in theater, though, and right now, the play has just begun its run all the way in London's Palace Theater, officially premiering last July 30. (LOOK: Stars celebrate return of 'Harry Potter' in 'Cursed Child' play, book)
However, in this set of production photos provided by Pottermore, we get a glimpse of the Cursed Child play – full of vibrance – but also mystery. (READ: Harry Potter's return in the 'Cursed Child': 10 things you need to know)
Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, and Noma Dumezweni star as the original trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger – respectively. Meanwhile, the next generation is led by Albus Potter (Sam Clemmett) and Scorpius Malfoy (Anthony Boyle).
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Harry Potter, the famous wizard known as the Boy Who Lived, is now – well – wizened. He's an overworked Ministry of Magic bureaucrat, and it shows. In the words of JK Rowling, the author of the seven Potter novels herself, he's "looking suitably burdened."
"Harry’s carried a lot on his shoulders since he was a baby," a Pottermore commentary noted. "As a child he was burdened with the near-impossible task of vanquishing Lord Voldemort, but these days he has even bigger challenges to face, like a tough job at the Ministry of Magic. Not to mention… kids."
Cursed Child picks up at around the time of the Deathly Hallows' epilogue. The original trio of Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are all grown-up, and have taken perfectly respectable jobs themselves.
More importantly, it's time to send their kids off to Hogwarts, as seen in these snapshots at Platform 9 3/4.
Aboard the Hogwarts Express, the Trolley Witch does her usual rounds of the carriages, having offered sweets to generations of Hogwarts students.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is still as magical as ever – as it has been for centuries.
"Still going strong," JK Rowling remarked about Ron and Hermione.
…And so is the trio's friendship.
What are the three up to with this bookshelf?
The new stage play centers on Harry's second kid, Albus Severus, who struggles with the burden of the family name – and its legacy. It's hard enough to be associated with a dad who defeated no other than the most dangerous dark wizard of all time. But he's not exactly the most stellar wizard who ever set foot on Hogwarts – with the Potter name – not to mention being sorted into Slytherin and not being so enthusiastic about Quidditch like his star Seeker dad.
At first, it does seem that having to deal with all these contributes to a difficult relationship between father and son.
So he finds an unlikely best friend in a Malfoy: Scorpius, whose dad Draco was Harry's former nemesis. They're inseparable.
But like Harry Potter, the Malfoys are also "looking suitably burdened."
Carrying the Malfoy name isn't exactly noble as Draco was formerly a Death Eater, and being formerly associated with Voldemort brings a nasty rumor that plagues their family: Scorpius, secret son of the Dark Lord.
Why is Harry awake at night, and why is his wife Ginny looking so worried about him? Is his scar hurting again? What kind of unpleasant dreams is he having?
Here, we see who seems to be the late Hogwarts headmaster, Professor Albus Dumbledore, in the background – framed in a portrait, and again, Harry is still "looking suitably burdened."
Hermione seems to have risen up the ranks of the Ministry of Magic, assuming the post of Minister – beside her at what seems to be an official proceeding: Harry, Ron, Draco, and Ginny. She addresses wizards and witches in a somber-looking scene.
Trouble brews in the Cursed Child – even after the defeat of the Dark Lord. (Also: who is lurking behind the staircase?)
What lies beyond the dark? Let's see – Lumos Maxima!
Have you read the Cursed Child book yet? Or are you lucky enough to have seen the London stage play? Let's discuss in the comments below. – Rappler.com