Watch what happens when J.K. Rowling writes all over the official character portraits of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two cast.
CC JKR handwriting Cursed Child

We didn’t have J.K. Rowling pegged as a graffiti artist, but in celebration of Cursed Child previews opening last week, the author has taken the character portrait of the main stars and scribbled a few cheeky annotations.

Pottermore has worked a little magic to bring J.K. Rowling’s notes to life, and had a ponder on what these comments could possibly mean…

CC JKR handwriting The Absences

‘The absences say as much as the presences’

How ominous. But J.K. Rowling’s right. In the Deathly Hallows epilogue, we met Hugo Granger-Weasley, Lily Luna Potter and James Sirius Potter as well as Draco’s wife, Astoria, who are all missing from the portraits. From this, we can assume the Cursed Child plot is focused on Rose, Albus and Scorpius. Or maybe the others are just camera shy?

CC JKR handwriting Still Going Strong

‘Still going strong’

So here we have Ron and Hermione, together at last, after seven books of endless frustration. J.K. Rowling’s ‘still going strong’ comment fills us with hope that Ron and Hermione are still happy and in love. Ron must have stopped making fun of S.P.E.W. once and for all.

CC JKR handwriting Rose

‘<3 Rose Granger-Weasley'

We met Rose, Ron and Hermione’s oldest daughter, boarding the Hogwarts Express in the Deathly Hallows epilogue. The fact that Ron and Hermione agreed on a double-barrelled last name is pretty brilliant, and gives us a tiny insight into how well Ron and Hermione must work as a couple. Also, that love heart says it all.

CC JKR handwriting Harry Looking Suitably Burdened

‘Harry looking suitably burdened’

Harry’s carried a lot on his shoulders since he was a baby. As a child he was burdened with the near-impossible task of vanquishing Lord Voldemort, but these days he has even bigger challenges to face, like a tough job at the Ministry of Magic. Not to mention… kids.

CC JKR handwriting Albus

‘Albus Severus Potter’

According to the play’s synopsis, ‘Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted’. Well, he is named after two Hogwarts headmasters, both of whom gave everything to help rid the wizarding world of Dark magic. On top of all that, his dad is Harry Potter, who is The Actual Boy Who Lived. No pressure, Al.

CC JKR handwriting It's All Here Isn't It

‘It’s all here isn’t it?’

It really is. Seeing the characters together, in full costume, must be an incredible moment for everyone involved in the making of Cursed Child. Permission to get a little weepy.

CC JKR handwriting Loving Draco

‘Loving Draco and Scorpius – they actually look related!’

It is remarkable how much Scorpius (Anthony Boyle) looks like a young Draco Malfoy (Alex Price) – although Draco now comes with a rather formidable goatee. Looks aside, will Scorpius mirror his father in more ways than one? Will he ignite a second war of words between the Malfoys and the Potters? Or will he become friends with Rose and Albus when they arrive at Hogwarts?

CC JKR handwriting wings

Keep up to date with all the Cursed Child news as more mysteries unfurl…