J.K. Rowling takes us behind the scenes to look at the creative team’s hopes behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the actors getting into character, and wand sketches for the characters tease character involvement and reveal some interesting details about the play. Find out more in this information roundup!
In the following video, which marks 50 days from Cursed Child‘s first performance, J.K. Rowling goes into the production’s rehearsal room and chats with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.
Not only does Rowling tease secrets unbeknownst to fans and the importance of keeping them hush hush, we get to see some truly exciting rehearsal footage of the main actors. The younger actors look great practicing their wand movements, which means we may be taken into Hogwarts during the play, since underage magic outside of school is forbidden. Since we see a later shot of suitcases and school trunks, this may be a real possibility. We also get our first glimpse of a bespectacled Jamie Parker (who plays Harry), and it’s as though all our adult Harry fanart has come to life. There are even glimpses of Paul Thornley (Ron) and Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) engaging in some wandwork themselves—their chemistry evident when they later share a hug.
In other play news, Rowling took to Twitter last week to show us more of her artistic talent: a sketch of five characters’ wands from the play.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 18, 2016
The image is the first confirmation that Draco will be in the play, which means we might get to see Scorpius as well.
Of note, some of the wands reveal compelling information regarding the plot following the Second Wizarding War. Both Hermione and Ginny keep their wands throughout the books’ events, and their play versions closely resemble their movie versions. Harry’s wand bears the most differences; its movie version completely devoid of the vines depicted here (are these physical changes a result of being repaired by the Elder Wand?). Both Ron and Draco, however, had unknown wand statuses at the end of the books. As we know, Ron’s wand was confiscated by Snatchers, so he later stole Peter Pettigrew’s. Pettigrew’s wand is confirmed in the books to be made of chestnut, just like this image suggests, though the drawing here also looks nothing like Pettigrew’s movie wand. This could still imply that Ron kept Pettigrew’s wand post-war, however. Draco’s wand presents another interesting case, because Harry took it from him following the events at Malfoy Manor. It is not revealed whether Harry returned the wand to Draco, but given that Draco’s wand was made of hawthorn and looks similar to its movie version, it appears as though Harry did.
What did you think of seeing the actors in action? And what else do you think these wands tell us about the story’s plot? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins previews in late May, with its first performance bowing at the end of July at London’s Palace Theatre.