Despite 250,000 extra tickets selling out just hours after they went on sale, it looks like there's still one way to get into see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but unfortunately it involves being a notable alumni of the film franchise.
After many of his former co-stars had already stopped by to check out the next chapter in the Harry Potter story, this week it was Rupert Grint a.k.a Ron Weasley's turn to meet his older-self.
Grint stopped by the London production to meet many of the cast backstage, including the actor who's currently playing adult Ron in the play, Paul Thornley!
The pair look like they hit it off instantly!
Rupert Grint is just the latest star of the Harry Potter film franchise to watch the play and to pop backstage to meet the cast. Take a look at the few other names and faces you might recognize:
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Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Emma Watson caught a performance of the Cursed Child back in July, shortly after the play started its preview run. Afterwards the star took the opportunity to post about meeting much of the cast, including her adult counterpart, Noma Dumezweni. Watson later took to Facebook to give the play a glowing review, writing:
Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She's wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on… Here are some pics of me meeting Noma and the crew. Love, E xx #keepthesecrets #19yearslater @antoboyleSam Clemmett Noma Dumezweni @HPPlayLDN
Aww! Such beautiful words.
Jim Broadbent - Professor Slughorn
Also squeaking a visit earlier this week was Jim Broadbent, who played Professor Slughornin Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Broadbent seems to have watched the play over the weekend, and stopped by for a couple of snaps with Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter).
Helena Bonham Carter - Bellatrix Lestrange
Despite her character's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bellatrix's role in the Cursed Child is still rather significant, so it was delightful to see that Helena Bonham Carter also went along to see the play earlier this month.
Bonnie Hunt - Ginny Wesley
Let's face it, we will never get sick of seeing images of the younger cast with their older counterparts. However this picture of younger Ginny, Bonnie Wright, with older Ginny, Poppy Miller, is particularly amazing! After watching the play in ealier August, Wright tweeted that going back to the Harry Potter universe was "a beautifully bizarre experience."
With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child running until December 2017, it seems certain that plenty more stars from the film series will stop by to watch and meet the cast in the coming months. Who do you hope will meet the cast next? Personally, I'm hoping for a Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) appearance - anyone else?
Which Harry Potter character is your favorite?