Photos of the actors who play Ron and Hermione in the new Harry Potter play have been released.
Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni were photographed in costume in Charlie Gray’s portraits.
It was also revealed their daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley, will be played by Cherrelle Skeete – who is pictured in her Hogwarts uniform.
Previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin at London’s Palace Theatre on 7 June.
Images of Harry Potter, is wife Ginny and their son Albus were released earlier this week.
Skeete has previously appeared in productions of The Lion King and Wind in the Willows, as well as television series Call the Midwife and Danny and the Human Zoo.
“I can’t think about how big it is or I’ll just faint,” the actress said.
“Putting on my uniform, ready to go to Hogwarts, and seeing everyone else in their uniform was exciting. I’ve been looking at it every day in the wardrobe department, waiting for the day I can get on the Hogwarts Express.”
The Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official story of the franchise to be presented on stage.
The casting of Ron and Hermione was announced in December, but the new portraits mark the first time the actors have been seen in costume.
Dumezweni said: “Every time I’m in the auditorium I turn around to people or say to myself, ‘I’m in that show, I’m in that show.’ I want to see it so much. I am so proud that I am in it.”
JK Rowling said: “I saw Noma workshop the part and when [director] John Tiffany told me he’d cast her, I was overjoyed. She gets Hermione inside out.”
Referring to the plot of the play, Thornley explained: “It’s 19 years later when the play begins. Ron is married to Hermione Granger and they’re now the Granger-Weasleys.
“Our magnificent daughter Rose Granger-Weasley is about to start at Hogwarts, which is obviously a big day for everyone.”
Ron is seen in a grey-and-orange striped jumper in the photos.
“We had to make it look as though he doesn’t really care what he wears in the morning,” Thornley said.
“We wanted to find a jumper, that is definitely his favourite jumper, and that I think gets washed occasionally. He wants to essentially be comfortable at all times, hence comfortable cords, comfortable jumper, comfortable shoes. I don’t believe he’s a man who spends an awful lot of …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment