Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Welcomes New Cast

The Cursed Child play has replaced most of its main cast as it heads into its second year on the West End stage.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. (That’s a Dumbledore quote, right?)

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast is mixing things up in London and we’ve got the photos to prove it. After a year of performing the roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Potter, Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Granger-Weasley, the actors who premiered those parts are moving on.

— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) March 30, 2017

Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni, Alex Price, Poppy Miller, Sam Clemmett, Anthony Boyle, and Cherelle Skeete had their last performance of The Cursed Child on the West End stage last night (May 21st). The cast won nine Olivier Awards together in their run, including acting awards for Parker, Dumezweni, and Boyle. We were particularly impressed with Boyle’s performance as misfit nerd and loyal friend Scorpius Malfoy.

They will be replaced by the following actors: Jamie Glover, Thomas Aldridge, Rakie Ayola, James Howard, Emma Lowndes, Theo Ancient, Samuel Blenkin, and Helen Aluko. Check out their character portraits in the gallery above.

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It’s sad to see the original cast go, but it’s also understandable. After all, each performance of The Cursed Child includes two, two-and-a-half-hour parts — sometimes performed on the same day. It must be exhausting. I also can’t help but wonder if any of these British actors will be making the trek over to America for the New York City debut of The Cursed Child when it debuts on April 22, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre

— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) May 22, 2017

It will be exciting to see what the new cast brings out in these characters and what the collective cast will bring out in this story as a whole.

Click here to read our spoiler-free review of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (featuring the original cast).