Yesterday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began its first day of previews, and with it, we got a small taste of what’s to come. If you’re worried about spoilers, have no fear: here at GeekyNews, we #KeepTheSecrets.
Images like these are critical for establishing the setting and aesthetic of the play; after all, many of us won’t be able to see it at London’s Palace Theatre. Because the potential for the production to go on tour or possible cinema screenings are unknown, these visuals are great to keep in mind when we read the play’s script book later this summer.
The first image depicts Rose Granger-Weasley at what appears to be her Sorting. If this is indeed the Great Hall, the set does a fantastic job of echoing the Harry Potter series while remaining distinctly separate from the movies. We might also be getting a glimpse of some of Hogwarts’ current professors here (could Neville be present?). Perhaps most interesting are the house banners. They look much more stylized and modern from what we’ve grown to expect in the movies, a move that marks the passage of time both in our world and the wizarding one.
Here are the banners close up, and there are some marked changes right off the bat. While Gryffindor and Slytherin maintain their canon colors, Hufflepuff is represented by a dark yellow and brown (as opposed to yellow and black), and Ravenclaw is represented by a light and dark blue (as opposed to bronze and dark blue). Each house is also depicted by its house letter and animal, rather than its entire house name or some kind of crest bearing its symbol.
Now, all that remains to be seen (or read) is which house Rose, Albus, and Scorpius wind up in.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially premieres July 30.