12:45 pm EDT, April 29, 2016

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ theatre reveals gorgeous statue of Albus Severus

The 3D version of the artwork makes the play feel real.

The Palace Theatre has unveiled its Harry Potter and the Cursed Child display out front of the venue, and it’s simply beautiful.

The words “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two” sit below a statue of Albus Severus* curled up inside a Golden Snitch, as he does in the official artwork first released last year. Stars and moons line the overhead of the sign. The exciting thing about these photos? The play feels so real now.

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What’s also special about this statue: This is the first time I can recall any human Harry Potter character getting a physical statue of themselves. There are animatronic creatures at the Wizarding World lands within Universal theme parks, but no animatronic witches or wizards. It’s just a reminder of how unique The Cursed Child is.

Preview performances begin on June 7 with Part 1, and Part 2 on June 9. Last week, a new behind-the-scenes featurette depicted J.K. Rowling giving viewers a tour of the play’s rehearsal room. She also asked fans to not spoil the surprises in the play.

Plot aside, one big mystery we’re still waiting to hear more about is which characters appear in the play. Currently we only know that Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Ginny, and their children are in The Cursed Child. Who do the rest of the actors in the big cast photo play?

*Pottermore describes the Golden Snitch as an “intriguing winged nest” and the kid as a “mysterious child,” but it’s apparent that this is Albus Severus sitting in something purposely resembling the all-important Quidditch piece. Why are you not using those words, Pottermore?

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children,” reads the official synopsis. “While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest 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.”

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