A generation that has grown up picturing film actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter gets to stretch their imaginations with a new portrayal of the wizard on stage. British actor Jamie Parker stars as the grown-up Harry in the brand new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, set to open officially on July 30 in the UK.
Fans so far have been enthusiastic about the play, whose first part was presented in preview this week at the Palace Theater in London.
Fans of the seven book Harry Potter saga by JK Rowling will remember that the story ends with an epilogue set 19 years after the end of the main events. The play centers on that time in the life of the now grown-up Harry and features happenings involving Harry’s children at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Parker, 37 years old, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Six years ago he took to the stage as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and he reprised that role in Henry V in 2012. Now he tackles the role of prince of the wizarding world and it will be up to fans to see if he lives up to their high expectations.
If the standing ovation early reaction to the premiere is any indication, fans approve of the new stage version of the grown-up Harry Potter.