It may be a hugely successful Tony winner, but it’s still so fresh that some Potter fans don’t know what it was like bringing Harry to middle age and following up the literary phenomenon of a generation — even if the play's been published. It's still canon, folks!
So, to help illuminate things, the original cast members of the Broadway play (Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, Paul Thornley, Poppy Miller, Sam Clemmett, Alex Price, and Anthony Boyle) sat down at the show’s NYCC panel on Thursday to talk about their corner of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
Since this was the cast's first Comic Con (with the rest of the company in the crowd), their Harry Potter knowledge was roasted in comparison with the savant fans in the audience. Thornley, in particular, had his know-how razzed — especially as he described his experience auditioning for the role for the first time as confusing because he thought he was too old for Ron... not realizing the play was to occur after the final book's epilogue.
With similar knowledge, Parker merely accepted the leading role as "the next job." Boyle, on the other hand, was certain he was going to get fired after every rehearsal. That said, bringing the play to America was one of the more comforting moments for the cast since they've had so much time to get familiar with the roles.
Transitioning to their characters, the cast explained how these witches and wizards grew up... if they did at all. Explaining the trauma and legacy that carries down the Potter lineage, Parker and Clemmett talked about isolation and identity — which manifested as Boyle and Clemmett having worse and worse posture in real life. Boyle explained that he applied his Catholic schooling to his experience playing the Malfoy family, describing his character as the son of Judas. On only a slightly lighter note, Miller said that she and Parker worked together to develop their characters' marriage beyond what was on the page so that their performance was not only enhanced throughout the production, but changed over its course.
A surprise from the panel was when it debuted a clip from the show — a first for the production. Dance followed when a montage told Albus' Hogwarts journey — expressed through magical choreography — which was revealed to have been part of the audition process. And then the music. Composer Imogen Heap debuted an exclusive track from the upcoming album, one focused on the Ministry of Magic.
The album of show music comes out on Nov. 2.
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