Who Plays Scorpius Malfoy In 'Cursed Child'?

Take a deep breath, Potterheads. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning, we received exciting news regarding the forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II . We've seen Harry, Ginny, and Albus Severus for the first time. We've had our first look at Hermione, Ron, and Rose Weasley. Today, we got a peek at Draco Malfoy and his son, Scorpius. My first thought after seeing the photos may have been the same as yours: who plays Scorpius in Cursed Child ?

Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy, the pure-blood son of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass, is played by Anthony Boyle, a British actor who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. His previous stage credits include roles in Herons, Othello, East Belfast Boy, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Taming Of The Shrew, and Mojo, and he's appeared on television on HBO's Game of Thrones. Pretty impressive.

A fine actor he may be, but a blonde he is not. The actor slipped into the look for his role as Scorpius. He says of his bleached hair: "As soon as I saw it, it was like, "Okay, I'm playing Scorpius Malfoy — this is real now."

Boyle will be tackling an intriguing character many fans are excited to meet. Scorpius, unlike his father, wasn't raised to believe that pure-bloods are better than Muggles and non-pureblooded Wizards, which should prove interesting in his interactions at Hogwarts.

"He's wearing the official Hogwarts uniform before you go and get sorted into your house," Boyle tells Pottermore of his character. "He's a Malfoy so his clothes should be really expensive but quite constraining to make him feel a bit awkward."

In the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, Scorpius is seen departing on the Hogwarts Express for the first time, along with Harry and Ginny Potter's son, Albus Severus, and Ron and Hermione Weasley's daughter, Rose. All three are in the same year together, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't hope they become friends and allies in the fight against evil.... or whatever challenges they face in Cursed Child. We'll have to wait to see what houses these three are sorted into, but I have a sneaking suspicion Albus Severus is a Slytherin. Will he share a house with Scorpius? We'll see!

J.K. Rowling also hinted that Scorpius may find himself a hit with the ladies of Hogwarts. She says: "I've got a feeling Scorpius is going to do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men."

OK, now you've really got our attention.

Previews for the play begin on June 7, and Cursed Child officially opens in London's Palace Theatre on July 30. For more information, visit the official website.

Images: Courtesy of Charlie Gray