Yesterday brought us a first glimpse of Harry, Ginny and Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Today delivers another Potter-themed treat – this time in the form of Ron, Hermione and their daughter Rose.
Pottermore has the first look images of the Granger-Weasley family – with Paul Thornley playing Ron and Noma Dumezweni as his wife Hermione.
“It’s 19 years later when the play begins,” explains Paul. “Ron is married to Hermione Granger and they’re now the Granger-Weasleys. Our magnificent daughter Rose Granger-Weasley is about to start at Hogwarts, which is obviously a big day for everyone.”
Rose will be played by Cherrelle Skeete, pictured below with her Hogwarts uniform and wand at the ready.
“I can’t think about how big it is or I’ll just faint,’ she said of her new gig. ‘Putting on my uniform, ready to go to Hogwarts, and seeing everyone else in their uniform was exciting. I’ve been looking at it every day in the wardrobe department, waiting for the day I can get on the Hogwarts Express.”
And, unsurprisingly, Rose’s days at Hogwarts will call to mind another, rather dedicated, former student. “Rose is ambitious, obviously her mum is Hermione so she’s got a lot to live up to. I think they’re quite similar in the fact they put a lot of pressure on themselves. And she just wants to do the right thing.”
“Rose is like her mother, but more secure, more grounded,” added JK Rowling, who has worked with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the play. “She was born to wizards and knows her place in the world. Cherrelle plays her perfectly: bossy but deeply loveable.”
And don’t expect Ron to be any different from the Weasley you know and love…
“Ron in his forties isn’t very different from Ron in his teens, except that his feet hurt a bit more,” confirms Rowling. “Paul’s so funny and brilliant in the role.”
The Granger-Weasleys are the second family to be unveiled this week – check back tomorrow for details of the third.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from 7th June 2016