Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened to rave reviews in London's West End during the summer of 2016. After a mega-successful first year, the show is ready to introduce some new faces to the cast as a handful of the original cast members move on to new projects. This week, the show announced the 42 members of the new cast, which will begin rehearsing this month in advance of the first new show on May 24 at the Palace Theatre. Check out the new leads of the cast in the photo below:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child new cast

From left to right in the back row are James Howard (Draco Malfoy), Emma Lowndes (Ginny Potter), and Jamie Glover (Harry Potter). From left to right in the front row are Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley), Theo Ancient (Albus Potter), and Samuel Blenkin (Scorpius Malfoy).

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child earned magical reviews when it premiered at the Palace Theatre last summer. The plot of the two-part stage play comes from an original story by J. K. Rowling, English playwright Jack Thorne, and English theater director John Tiffany. Thorne adapted the story into the two-part stage play, which Tiffany then directed. After the show had premiered, the publishing company Little, Brown Book Group published the rehearsal script of the play thereby making Cursed Child the certifiable eighth Harry Potter story, in spite of it not being a novel. In two days, the book sold 2 million copies in the U.S. and Canada.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reintroduces audiences to Harry Potter and his closest pals, Hermione and Ron, nineteen years after everything that went down in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's fun to see the trio back together, but the story centers less on them and more on the unexpected friendship between Harry Potter's son, Albus, and Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius. During the course of events, the boys encounter time-travel twists reminiscent of Back to the Future with the consequences of their actions in the past haunting them in alternate versions of the future.

The show has spelled huge success for the West End. It was nominated for numerous awards and won several of them, and it received wide praise for its performances and diverse casting choices. Now reports are that the show might make its way across the pond to Broadway in spring of next year. Some fans are even speculating about the possibility of a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie someday down the road, most likely after the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series concludes.

The plot of the show has us on the edge of our seat. With all of the good press and five-star reviews that the first cast received, the new cast will have big shoes to fill. It will be exciting to see what they do with the show. Visit HarryPotterThePlay.com to find additional information about the show.

Photo Courtesy Of Harry Potter: The Play.com, Photographer: Manuel Harlan.

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