Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Is Casting for Harry, Ron, Hermione, and More

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This year has presented Harry Potter fans with multiple chances to fulfill their dreams of becoming a witch or wizard. Just weeks after The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood issued a casting call for magical performers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway has announced it's seeking actors to replace its current cast, according to Backstage.

Auditions will be held in New York City for every role in the production. Actors playing adult parts like Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Draco Malfoy should be 37 to 40 years old, and Harry can be no taller than 5 feet 10 inches. For the teenage characters Albus Potter, Scorpio Malfoy, and Rose Granger-Weasley, the play is looking for performers in their late teens and early 20s who are no more than 5 feet and 7 inches tall. Actors of all ethnicities are invited to try out for any role.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in London's West End in 2016, and last year it came to Broadway in Manhattan. The story picks up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows leaves off, with the children of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco attending Hogwarts and getting into the same magical mischief as their parents did. While JK Rowling helped conceptualize the story, the script was written by playwright Jack Thorne.

Actors interested in making at least $2095 a week playing their favorite fictional character can head to the New York City auditions on February 6. Check out the official Backstage listing to learn more.

Stranger Things Writers Reveal 5 Movies That Connect to Season 4 in "Some Way or Another"

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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It was finally confirmed last month that Netflix's Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season. While highly anticipated, the announcement didn’t give fans much to go on, however.

With fans clamoring for more, GamesRadar reports that the show's writers took to Twitter to satisfy our hunger for clues. On the Stranger Writers account, they announced that they'd be launching "Video Store Fridays," in which they'll reveal five new movies each week that "relate in some way or another to season four."

The writers then posted the first five films, as seen above, and they are as random as you’d expect them to be.

As GamesRadar points out, The Fisher King (1991) and Ordinary People (1980) deal with characters navigating big-city life after dealing with traumatic events, which could speak to the Byers and Eleven living in a new place after losing Hopper. The Peanut Butter Solution is a fantasy horror that involves the abuse of children, much like elements of Stranger Things, particularly Eleven’s early treatment. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is definitely reminiscent of the fantasy-meets-the-'80s vibe that's a hallmark of the series.

Lastly, You’ve Got Mail, the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, seems like the most peculiar title on the list. In the film, the two characters fall in love by chatting online, which could possibly be a nod to Hopper still being alive and sending messages to Joyce through lights from the Upside Down, much like Will did in the first season. Too much of a stretch?

I guess fans will have to keep their eyes glued to Twitter to see if any more of these hints start to make more sense!

Kit Harington Reveals Which Harry Potter Character He'd Want to Play in a Prequel

Kit Harington is clearly drawn to dark, brooding characters.

Winter is Coming reports that Harington, who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the hard-hitting HBO series Game of Thrones, spoke on a panel at ACE Comic Con this past weekend. Though he was there to discuss his upcoming role as Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Eternals, his involvement in—and love for—other franchises came up during the conversation.

The moderator of the panel surprised the audience by bringing up Harington’s love for the Harry Potter series, and, of course, asked him which Hogwarts house he aligns with. The 32-year-old actor responded, “I am a Gryffindor. I’ve thought very deeply about it.” Though Harington himself identifies with the lion-hearted, he does believe that Jon Snow would be a Hufflepuff because of his undying loyalty.

Harington was then asked which character he would want to play in a hypothetical Harry Potter prequel movie about the Marauders—a group of Gryffindors that included James Potter (Harry’s dad), Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, who attended Hogwarts a generation before Harry and his friends. And who were often at odds with Slytherin Severus Snape.

Harington's response was immediate, and enthusiastic:

Severus Snape is the most tragic, wonderful, brilliant [character] ... He’s a character you hate, and then end up loving. He’s just phenomenal. I don’t think I’m right for him, so I’ll play Sirius. But, whoever gets to play Snape, that’s a great character.”

[h/t Winter Is Coming]

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