The world is only a few days away from reentering the wizarding world. And for fans lucky enough to live in London (or rich enough to afford a round trip ticket to the United Kingdom), that means seeing their favorite characters come to life on stage in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. In addition to reuniting with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, fans will meet some new faces, including Harry's son Albus Severus. And, along with the numerous questions about the youngest Potter, many want to know who plays Albus Severus in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.
Many may have been expecting Arthur Bowen, who played Albus Severus in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, to reprise his role as the nervous and somewhat scared boy about to being his Hogwarts' journey. But instead, the official Harry Potter and The Cursed Child site noted that Sam Clemmett will take the role of Albus Severus from script to stage.
Not sure who Sam Clemmett is? That's understandable. The 23-year-old England-native is still making a name for himself in the acting world, and is relatively unknown outside the UK. But don't mistake that for inexperience. According to IMDB and, Clemmett has appeared in several television series including Foyle's War, Our World War, and, most recently, The Musketeers. Additionally, the official site for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child noted that he has taken the stage many times, appearing in Lord of the Flies, Nivelli’s War, and Wendy and Peter Pan. Not a bad resume for someone who is still making a name for themselves.
So that's Clemmett's backstory, but what about the history of his character Albus Severus. "He [Abus] is a quiet, introverted, nervous young lad going to Hogwarts," Clemmett told Time Out London of his character. "And as it says in the little biography, he has to deal with the legacy of his father’s past and that burden."
This description seems pretty accurate to the boy they met in the epilogue of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. And Clemmett himself can relate to Ablus's struggles of living up to a legacy. After all, he has an eight-movie franchise to live up to. But because Albus. more or less, doesn't hav a backstory, it was was up to Clemmett to create one. Though Rowling provided some guidance to shape these new characters for the stage, Clemmett told Time Out London that he and the others actors played a pretty important role in that as well.
"Me and Anthony [Boyle, who plays Draco’s hilariously named son Scorpius] created the backstories of both Albus and Scorpius," he said. "We would pick a particular event that would have happened between birth and the present day, thinking what that event might be, adding flesh to those bones, and it was a really exciting journey for us. It’s been lovely in that respect, to have a blank canvas."
And the hard work seems to be paying off, as Clemmett and his cast mates have received rave reviews for their preview performances. (Including praise from Emma Watson.) Surely the team will bring audiences to their feet when the play officily premieres at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30. And for those who aren't able to make it toLondon, you can still enjoy the journey by downloading your own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at 12:01 a.m. on July 31.