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.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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