New Character Portraits Released for “Cursed Child” London

As has become a tradition in the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the incoming Year 4 London cast has been posing for their official cast portraits ahead of their first performance at the Palace Theatre.

With less than a day to go until the new members of the company take to the stage, these character portraits are the first time that fans get to see the actors in full costume.

First of the new family portraits is the Potter family. Dominic Short has joined the cast as Albus Potter, with Jamie Ballard and Susie Trayling continuing in their roles as Harry and Ginny Potter.


Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), and Dominic Short (Albus Potter)


Next up is the Granger-Weasley family. Thomas Aldridge, who plays Ron Weasley, is also continuing in his role. Aldridge is joined by new cast members Michelle Gayle (Hermione Granger) and Rayxia Ojo (Rose Granger-Weasley) for the fourth year of the play.


Michelle Gayle (Hermione Granger), Rayxia Ojo (Rose Granger-Weasley), and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley)


Last, but by no means least, the Malfoy family sees James Howard and Jonathan Case continue in their roles of Draco and Scorpius Malfoy.


James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy)


For Short, Ojo, and Gayle, Wednesday, May 22 will see them step into their roles for the first time onstage at the Palace Theatre. They will be joining a 42-member cast to help bring the magic of Cursed Child to life.


Michelle Gayle (Hermione Granger)


Rayxia Ojo (Rose Granger-Weasley)


Dominic Short (Albus Potter)


Speaking about being in costume for the first time, Short revealed that he used to pretend to be Harry Potter when he was younger, before sharing his excitement to be playing Albus in Cursed Child:

Being in costume for the first time, with my hair done and all that, everything suddenly feels real. Yeah, it’s all these dreams come true!


Dominic Short (Albus Potter), Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), and Rayxia Ojo (Rose Granger-Weasley)


Check out the video below to see what the other new and returning cast members have to say about being part of this magical show (including Aldrige’s interesting opinion of his costume)!



The 42-member Year 4 company will have its first performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on May 22. To see the cast in action, fans can purchase tickets for performances of the two-part play up until January 2020 on the official website. There is also a chance to purchase £40 tickets to Part One and Part Two through the Friday Forty lottery.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!