It's a case of childhood lost: Harry Potter's back. He's married. He has a desk job for the Ministry of Magic. But his kid's acting up.

J.K Rowling's official Potter website Pottermore has released a series of promotional pictures offering a peek at the upcoming stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The story is set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Potter (Jamie Parker) looks older. Maturer. More cynical.

He's married to Ginny (Poppy Miller). Their child, Albus Severus (Sam Clemmett), is having to come to grips with his newfound powers.


Rowling says she's very happy with Parker's Potter: "He simply is Harry now. There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right."

Getting it 'right' was no easy task, Parker says.

"He's wearing a suit because he's a Ministry man, but he's not just a bloke in a suit, that's way too anonymous," Parker says in a statement.

"And it sounds strange but we talked around a lot of different suits, because there are suits and suits, and a lot of them we put on and we went 'Mmm it's just not right'."

Rowling says Ginny's also been nailed. She said: "I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy's Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her."

As for Albus: He's wearing hand-me-down school robes from his elder brother.
The rest of his story is under tight wraps:

"There's much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we'd be into spoiler territory so quickly I'll just say we couldn't have cast better," Rowlings quips.

The play has its first preview in London's West End next week.

Paul Thornley as Ron, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose.
Paul Thornley as Ron, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose.