Okay, so it’s going to be one of those weeks where we wake up feeling like it’s Christmas every day. And we’re definitely here for that.
Today, we add two new cast members along with their first in-character photos to our growing list of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child character portraits. Two days ago we met the Potter family, yesterday we saw the Granger-Weasley clan, and this morning, we have been introduced to Alex Price as Draco Malfoy and Anthony Boyle as his son, Scorpius.
Price may be familiar face: the actor has appeared in dramas like Merlin, Penny Dreadful, and Doctor Who. Boyle, a Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama-trained actor, has appeared in stage productions Herons and East Belfast Boy (which he co-wrote), as well as a smaller role in Game of Thrones.
As if some of this week’s reveals couldn’t get any better, we are hit with a double-whammy of Malfoy perfection. Though Draco’s hairline isn’t receding as much as it was described in the original canon, his Lucius-style ponytail is undoubtedly inspired. His impeccable robes can’t go amiss, either.
Price also hints at Draco playing a bigger part in the play than we originally thought. When discussing Cursed Child and playwright Jack Thorne’s script, he said:
The world outside has been brilliantly marshalled and been kept away from us by our producers. It’s only slowly starting to rear its head now and it’s intimidating, a little scary, but also very exciting because Jack is such a brilliant writer and he’s taken the story into a great place 19 years later, particularly for Draco.
Anthony Boyle is also looking every inch a Malfoy, a fact that did not go unnoticed by J.K. Rowling, who commented on their similar appearance. And while we’ve spent the last two days wondering what houses Albus and Rose will be sorted into, Pottermore could be clearing up some of the Hogwarts uniform confusion. While Albus’s uniform betrayed no house allegiance, Rose’s bore a colored stripe that could indicate either Hufflepuff or Gryffindor loyalty. In this photo, Scorpius’s uniform, like Albus’s, is devoid of any such markings.
According to Boyle:
He’s wearing the official Hogwarts uniform before you go and get sorted into your house. He’s a Malfoy so his clothes should be really expensive but quite constraining to make him feel a bit awkward.
It’s possible, therefore, that Rose’s robes were just another version of the pre-sorted uniform, though we’re sticking with our theory for now.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins previews next week in London’s Palace Theatre. The show officially debuts Saturday, July 30.