Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently celebrated its one year anniversary on Broadway and replaced its entire cast with new hires

The 2018 Tony Award-winning Best Play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, recently celebrated its one year anniversary and in doing so replaced its entire cast. The original cast, known by many for premiering the show in both London and on Broadway, had their final performance on March 17th, 2019. Though it is sad to see these familiar faces move on to different projects, producers and fans alike look forward to the future to see how the new cast will fair in the iconic roles.

New Harry Potter Actors

The Harry Potter magical trio will now be played by James Snyder, Jenny Jules, and Matt Mueller, as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley respectively. Joining them is a talented supporting cast comprised of Diane Davis as Ginny Potter, and Nicholas Podany as Albus Potter, the son of Harry and Ginny. Jonno Roberts will take up the role of everyone’s favorite Slytherin, in playing Draco Malfoy. Bubba Weiler is now playing his son, Scorpius Malfoy and much of the stage time of the show is Scorpius and Albus.

The show’s large ensemble cast has seen many changes as well, with about 30% of the original Broadway show cast remaining. The newcomers of note include Aaron Bartz, Will Carlyon and Sara Farb, with a host of other actors for the smaller parts. However, fans of the show will still see some familiar faces in the ensemble of actors at upcoming performances, as many of them remain in the cast. These ensemble cast members include Brian Thomas Abraham, Stephen Bradbury, James Brown III and a few other notables.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child consists of two parts, each around two hours and thirty minutes in length, that are meant to be watched in succession, be it within the same day or over the course of two consecutive performances. The plot follows an older Harry Potter, no longer an undergraduate student at the magical academy of Hogwarts, who is now a family man and an employee of the Ministry of Magic. As Harry attempts to combat his past, his son Albus struggles to accept his family's legacy. The two then come to learn that darkness can come from where you least expect it.

The new cast had their debut performance on March 20th, 2019, only three days after the original cast’s final show, but all of their hard work has been paying off. The show continues to receive critical acclaim and has remained in the top-ten best selling Broadway shows for months.

Harry Potter New and old cast on Broadway
The new and old cast for Harry Potter on Broadway

Original Cast Head To New Projects

Though the original cast that many fans have grown fond of will not be appearing in the wizarding world any longer, several of their new projects peak the interest of Potter fans. Jamie Parker, who played Harry Potter, is in the upcoming film, 1917, where he plays a WW1 soldier on the front line who struggles to stay afloat between reality and fantasy as the devastating war rages around him. The film is directed by Sam Mendez and has Oscar buzz. Paul Thornley, who played Ron Weasley, took a break from the theatre and has entered the realm of voice acting and is also in some Gillette commercials. He will be voicing the character of Merryleg in Audible’s upcoming audiobook for the classic Black Beauty. Noma Dumezweni, the original actress of Hermione Granger, is cast to star in HBO’s new limited series, The Undoing. Dumezweni joins an all star cast featuring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland in this adaptation of the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, which is another female empowerment tome set in NYC. Unclear what Sam Clemmett, the former Albus Potter actor, worked on next. Perhaps he was in the process of locking down his next role, or maybe just appreciating some much-needed rest and relaxation. The same cannot be said for former Scorpius Malfoy actor, Anthony Boyle. Boyle is in the new film Tolkien, a biographical drama centered around the early life of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Boyle plays the role of Geoffrey Smith, a poet and close friend of Tolkein.

It is normal for a Broadway show producer to change the actors on a show once-in-while, but quite another to let go of so many at the same time. Rather than a normal cast turnaround, this appears to be more of a purge. It is unclear why everyone was let go at the same time, perhaps the cast were exhausted after two years of constant performances on both Broadway and the West End. Maybe they took a giant group vacation to Mexico and the open bar was charged to Voldemort.