Alex Price Cast As Tom Felton’s Draco Malfoy In ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child,’ Anthony Boyle To Play Scorpius Malfoy [Trailer]

British actor Alex Price will be taking on the role Tom Felton made famous, wizard Draco Malfoy, in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, according to the Herald. Anthony Boyle has been cast as his son, Scorpius Malfoy.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play opening July 30 at the Palace Theatre in London. The script was written by Jack Thorne, who has written for radio, TV, stage, and films, and is based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Thorne, and the play’s director, John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger fighting Voldemort. It focuses on a now grown-up Harry Potter, an Auror for the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Al (Albus Severus Potter), who is a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Where there are Potters, one will inevitably find Malfoys. The question remains, what will a grown-up Draco Malfoy be like? Will he be a villain, or will he have repented entirely and become a friend?

Alex Price will be playing Draco Malfoy, who was Harry Potter’s boyhood rival. Alex Price already has a connection to Harry Potter: He plays Sid Carter in the TV show Father Brown, which stars Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) as the detective priest. Price’s “geek credentials” including playing Gilbert on Being Human, Sir William of Daira on Merlin, Francesco Calvierri in the Doctor Who episode “The Vampires of Venice,” and Proteus in Penny Dreadful.

Price said he can’t wait for the play to open next month.

“It’s… very exciting because Jack is such a brilliant writer and he’s taken the story into a great place 19 years later, particularly for Draco.”

Anthony Boyle will be playing Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Draco Malfoy and his wife Astoria Greengrass Malfoy and nephew of Daphne Greengrass. Anthony studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has appeared in the television show Game of Thrones and the movies The Journey, City of Lost Z, and The Party. Previous stage experience includes Herons at the Lyric Theatre Belfast and East Belfast Boy at Ballymac Friendship Centre. He co-wrote East Belfast Boy as well as acted in the play. DNA India reported that Anthony Boyle had to dye his brown hair blond for the role of Scorpius Malfoy.

J. K. Rowling was pleased with the casting of Alex Price as Draco Malfoy and Anthony Boyle as his son Scorpius.

“I love Draco and Scorpius – they actually look related!”

Some fans were upset by the colorblind casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley. Others applauded the increased diversity in the Harry Potter universe, which already included the Indian Patil twins, Jewish wizard Anthony Goldstein, Chinese-British witch Cho Chang, and black witches and wizards like Angelina Johnson, Dean Thomas, Lee Jordan, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. Dumezweni, who was born in Swaziland, played Captain Erisa Magambo of UNIT in two episodes of Dr. Who.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stars Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Poppy Miller as Ginny Weasley Potter, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, and Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy.

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