The highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play may be a few months away, but now, we’ve finally got a sneak peek at what the cast and crew have been up to during rehearsals!
In a brand-new behind-the-scenes clip revealed by the play’s official Twitter account, author J.K. Rowling pays a visit to director John Tiffany and writer John Thorne. Throughout their discussion, we’re able to get small peeks at the cast in action for the first time.
From what we’re able to see, it look as though Harry (Jamie Parker), Ron (Paul Thornily) and Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) are definitely practicing their handwork! Additionally, there’s a short clip of the cast doing some blocking with what look like Hogwarts school chests. Considering the play follows the story of Harry and Ginny’s young son, Albus Severus, we wouldn’t be surprised if we’re transported to Hogwarts at some point during the play.
Additionally, during their chat, Rowling, Tiffany and Thorne shared some insight as to how preparation is going leading up to the production’s upcoming preview night performances.
“It’s really exciting, isn’t it? That in 50 days we’re going to have an audience. There’s a good while until we actually open officially, because that first preview we’ll start to see how an audience is going to connect exactly,” said Tiffany.
Meanwhile, Rowling’s hope is that they’ll be able to keep the magic secret as long as possible so as not to spoil Potter fans before they have a chance to experience the eighth Harry Potter story in some form for themselves.
“This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love us to be able to surprise people and move people in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people,” said Rowling.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens at the Palace Theater in London’s West End in July. Additionally, the play’s script is due out on July 31.
(H/T MTV News)