It's been nine, long years since J.K. Rowling closed the book on Harry, Ron and Hermione with a brief epilogue that showed our beloved heroes back at Platform 9 and 3/4, sending their own kids off to Hogwarts. FINALLY we're going to be able to catch back up with all of them, including the new additions, in the eighth installment of the Harry Potter story: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.
Rather than another book or movie, this next precious piece of the puzzle will arrive in the form of a play in London's Westend. In typical J.K. Rowling fashion, she's let just enough casting information trickle out to keep us from completely dying with suspense, but there's still so much we don't know! Who exactly is going to be returning to the story in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child?
According to Pottermore, the massive cast is made up of 42 actors — 7 of whom are child actors, who will be playing multiple roles (that means there will be more than 7 child characters?).
Here are the eight characters we KNOW are going to be appearing in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child:
Harry Potter — Jamie Parker
Ginny Weasley — Poppy Miller
Albus Severus, their son — Sam Clemmett
Hermione Granger — Noma Dumezweni
Ron Weasley — Paul Thornley
- Rose Granger-Weasley, their daughter — Cherrelle Skeete
Draco Malfoy — Alex Price
Scorpius Malfoy, his son — Anthony Boyle
Here are some educated guesses, based on what we know from the Harry Potter canon:
James Sirius Potter — If Albus Severus is a first year at Hogwarts, that would make his older brother, James Sirius, a third year. Although, from the fact that only one of them was featured in the press photos, we can probably tell who's going to get the most stage time.
Lilly Luna Potter — The youngest Potter won't be joining her brothers at Hogwarts just yet, but she's probably running around somewhere, played by one of those seven child actors.
Hugo Weasley — Probably around Lilly's age, Hugo won't be at Hogwarts either. But Rose Granger-Weasley's little brother is bound to make an appearance at some point.
Teddy Lupin — Lupin and Tonks's baby is all grown up, and would have been freshly graduated from Hogwarts by now. But that doesn't mean the old Head Boy of Hufflepuff won't still be hanging around.
Neville Longbottom — One of the Dumbledore's Army originals, Neville is now the Professor of Herbology at Hogwarts. And he's married to...
Hannah Abbot — Neville and Hannah live above the Leaky Cauldron, of which Hannah is the landlady.
Luna Lovegood — Rowling tells us that Luna's been traipsing around the world having many adventures since the last time we saw her, but it would be lovely if she could find time to pencil in her old friends again.
Rolf Scamander — Luna married Newt Scamander's grandson (yes, that Newt Scamander).
Kingsley Shacklebolt — We know that Harry and Kingsley Shacklebolt work closely together at the Ministry of Magic, where Harry is Head Auror.
Percy Weasley — Percy also works at the Ministry, as Junior Assistant to the Minister, and is hopefully slightly less stuck up than he used to be.
Audrey Weasley — We don't know much about her, but Percy's wife is a strong possible new character.
Molly Weasley II — The older daughter of Audrey and Percy, little Molly is probably around the same age as Albus Potter, and probably a student at Hogwarts.
Lucy Weasley — The younger daughter of Audrey and Percy might be at Hogwarts too, or she might be one of the children in the cast.
George Weasley — The remaining Weasley twin will surely be popular with all the Hogwarts students, as he's continued to run the wildly successful Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, with the help of Ron.
Angelina Weasley née Johnson — George married his old quidditch teammate, Angelina Johnson.
Fred Weasley II — The older child of George and Angelina, Fred is of unknown age, but younger than his cousin Victoire. He might be attending Hogwarts at the time Cursed Child takes place.
Roxanne Weasley — Fred's younger sister and George and Angelina's daughter, Roxanne is probably not old enough to be starting Hogwarts yet.
Pomona Sprout — Just because Neville is the new Herbology professor, maybe Professor Sprout has become Headmistress? Let's hope at least some of the old professors are still at Hogwarts after 19 years.
Moaning Myrtle — She's definitely still moping around the girls' bathroom 19 years later.
Bill Weasley — Working as a curse breaker for Gringott's Bank, and spending time working in Egypt, let's cross our fingers that the oldest Weasley will make it into The Cursed Child.
Fleur Isabelle Weasley née Delacour — Fleur is undoubtedly still at Bill's side, but maybe she used her Veela powers to attract herself a job as a French professor at Hogwarts? We can dream.
Victoire Weasley — The oldest child of Bill and Fleur and the oldest of the Weasley cousins, Victoire is probably in her last years of study at Hogwarts — that is, when she finds time to study in between snogging Teddy Lupin.
Dominique Weasley — The middle child of Bill and Fleur, we don't know too much about Dominique. She's likely also a student at Hogwarts.
Louis Weasley — Bill and Fleur's youngest son and only boy, Louis might be a first or second-year, or he might be too young to be at Hogwarts yet.
Rita Skeeter — The poisoned-pen reporter is still scribbling away for the Daily Prophet, which would make her one of Ginny's co-workers. Yikes.
Astoria Greengrass — Draco Malfoy's wife and Scorpius Malfoy's mother, Astoria is undoubtedly pureblood and probably not very nice.
Arthur and Molly Weasley — Now proud grandparents, Arthur and Molly Weasley should still be alive and involved in their massive extended family
Even if all these characters make an appearance, that's still only enough roles for 36 actors. Rowling hasn't mentioned anything yet, but wouldn't it make sense for the new generation of Hogwarts students to include some brand new characters?
While all faithful Potterheads will undoubtedly heed Rowling's request to keep the secrets, maybe someone could be kind enough to share a program?
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child opens in London on July 30. Read the first reactions to the performance here.