Sam Clemmett Reveals His Hogwarts House and How He Connects to Albus

As we eagerly await the April 22 premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, a new interview with star Sam Clemmett is adding some exciting color. In an interview with Broadway.com, Sam revealed that—unlike Albus Potter, who is, of course, a Slytherin—he is a Hufflepuff!

Additionally, Sam discussed what similarities he does have with Albus and how he finds a connection to his character. Though Sam says he has a great relationship with his family and his father in particular, he did find another way to connect to Albus’s struggles.

[T]he way in for me was the bullying aspect. I went through a small bout of bullying while I moved to high school after primary school and felt isolated for a time.

Sam also gave insight into how he became involved in acting and Potter in those early years. Though his friends and brother were athletic, Sam felt “it never really took off.” Instead, his mother suggested he try acting and there he found his calling and his kind of people. He credits this early experience for his ability to overcome the shyness he experienced when he was younger. As a kid, Sam read the Harry Potter books and saw the movies and loved them and was “a big fan of them like everyone else” but let them fall by the wayside as he grew older. With the opportunity to become part of the wizarding world, he revisited the books, finding it “lovely to revisit them with much more adult ties and an adult perspective.” Sounds like a perfect candidate for a guest host on Alohomora!

Outside of the show, Sam says New York is starting to feel comfortable. Though he is loving the city and all it offers in the way of theater, he is also looking forward to exploring other parts of the country. An avid fisherman, he hopes to be able to travel the East Coast, enjoying the outdoors and all it has to offer. And though he might have been nervous leaving his family (and beloved dog) behind, he says he has been “swept up in the madness of New York… There is something about moving here and living in New York [that] feels right; it feels like home.”

We can’t wait to see Sam in the role of Albus again on Broadway! Have you been lucky enough to see previews? Or are you counting down the days until the premiere? Let us know in the comments!