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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child character portraits unveiled

Jamie Parker, Sam Clemmett, and Poppy Miller, as Harry, Albus, and Ginny Potter Credit: PA

Harry Potter fans today get their first glimpse of the wizard, his wife and son, ahead of JK Rowling's upcoming Cursed Child play.

The play which comes to London's West End in July is set 19 years after the books famous ended, and sees Harry as an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic", juggling his career with three children.

Newcomer Sam Clemmett, who played killer Lewis Daynes in BBC Three's acclaimed Murder Games: The Life And Death Of Breck Bednar, will take on the role of Albus Severus, Harry's middle child.

Sam Clemment as Albus Severus Potter Credit: AP

Poppy Miller will play his mother Ginny alongside previously announced Jamie Parker as the grown-up version of The Boy Who Lived.

Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter Credit: PA

In the character portraits Parker sports Harry's messy hair and lightning-shaped scar as he poses in a sharp suit that hints at his career in the Ministry of Magic.

Jamie Parker as Harry Potter Credit: AP

Albus wears dark Hogwarts school robes which give no hint as to which House he ends up in, as fans of will remember his fear in the final chapter of book The Deathly Hallows that the Sorting Hat will place him in Slytherin.

The Weasleys' trademark red locks have not been diluted by age or a change of surname for Miller's Ginny, who can be seen in a light blue jumper, dark skirt, tights and sensible heels.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his 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.

– The plot for the play

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by him, Rowling and director John Tiffany.

The show is divided into two halves. Part One and Part Two open at the Palace Theatre on July 30, with previews taking place from June 7.