“Cursed Child” Casting Teens for Trio’s Children

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Dec 24, 2015

Posted by: Catherine | Comments

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Late last night, SnitchSeeker confirmed a Facebook blurb they found a month ago, advertising an open casting call for teenagers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The call out was for teen girls to audition for the roles of Lily Potter and Rose Weasley.

The Facebook blurb, and the site hosting the application process, have since been removed from the internet. However, one of SnitchSeeker’s readers was able to submit her application–CV and headshot–for the role, and was able to relate back to the Harry Potter news site that the auditions are indeed for the roles of Rose and Lily.

Interestingly enough, we now know that Cursed Child does not immediately pick up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off. The last time we saw the Trio, Harry was waving good bye to an 11-year-old Albus Severus, justing leaving for his first year at Hogwarts along with his 11-year-old cousin, Rose Weasley. Lily was even younger.

This begs the question, how many years after Deathly Hallows is Cursed Child? What year in the future is the story set (as it has yet to be 19 years later in real life)? If Lily is a teenager, there is a good chance Hugo is too. Is James Sirius Potter old enough to have graduate Hogwarts? (James was in his third year at Hogwarts when his younger brother started his first.)

Earlier yesterday morning, Hypable began posing questions that fans should be asking themselves about the play. With this new casting discovery, light has been shed on the validity of the questions they posed.

Years down the road, are Ron and Hermione still married? Is it possible that their marriage–deemed rocky (due to Ron’s sensitivity and jealousy, and Hermione’s strong intelligence that sometimes comes off as being too critical), and “probably” able to succeed “with marriage counseling” by J.K. Rowling–has ended in divorce? Or do they fight to save it because of their love for one another? Either way, taking a look into their adult relationship will be interesting, and probably make for good (possibly humorous) drama.

Hypable also asked “What if your favorite characters are dead?” If this play takes place several years after Deathly Hallows, it maybe likely that the older characters within the Harry Potter series have passed away. We left Mr. and Mrs. Weasley in their late middle ages, but now they are the elderly grandparents of teenagers and young adults. There are certainly characters that were older than Mr. and Mrs. Weasley that may have passed away–to save tears, we won’t name names.

Who is the focus of the play? The adult trio, or this new group of teenagers? The casting of the Trio was big news–and, no, not just because of Hermione. All the actors chosen are highly qualified, award-winning actors, as reported and confirmed by Pottermore. That is a lot of attention to bring to the adult Trio…so where does that leave their children? Is not Albus Severus the “cursed child?” The play is titled after Harry’s son, yet a lot of focus has been put upon Harry, himself and his two best friends.

Needless to say, we will not know the answer to this question until the casting of the Potter and Weasley children are revealed. However, with open casting calls, it is more than probable that the actors playing these teenagers may not carry the same notoriety as the actors playing their parents.

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