And then there were Malfoys.
The final pair of principal characters has been revealed during the de facto first-look week for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – and they’re a draconian doozy.
Famous Slytherin Draco Malfoy and his son, Scorpius, have joined the Potters and the Granger-Weasleys as the final family unveiled after a three-pronged viral outpouring of first glimpses at the costumed characters in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the forthcoming West End stage play and eighth Harry Potter story, picking up 19 years after Deathly Hallows.
Draco (played by Alex Price) and Scorpius (Anthony Boyle) look just about as comfortable together as Draco and his father, Lucius, which suggests the continuation of a delightful tradition in which young Malfoys fear older Malfoys. Not pictured in this touching family portrait: Draco’s wife, Astoria Greengrass, whose absence could either suggest a minor or unseen role in the play or simply an intolerance for staying married to Draco Malfoy.
Rowling commented on both Malfoys’ new looks: “I love Draco and Scorpius – they actually look related!… I’ve got a feeling Scorpius is going to do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men.” (Read the actors’ comments on their roles over on Pottermore.)
As we loosely know, Cursed Child follows the troubles of Harry’s young son, Albus Severus, as he enters his first year at Hogwarts carrying the daunting mantle of being the youngest son of the famous Harry Potter – who’s now a Ministry of Magic employee struggling with his own overworked existence.
Based on the images revealed this week, it’s fair to argue that Albus’s central action at Hogwarts will somehow involve Hermione and Ron’s child, Rose, and Draco’s son, Scorpius, although what actually characterizes those relationships is certainly rife for debate. Scorpius, for instance, looks certifiably uncomfortable here, and there’s no guarantee he’ll follow in his father’s antagonistic footsteps. Could he be the eponymous afflicted adolescent?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins preview performances on June 7 at London’s Palace Theatre. Scholastic will release the script book of Cursed Child on July 31.