Following allegations of misconduct, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child actor James Snyder has been fired from the play for alleged misconduct. The allegations were made by a castmate.
As reported by Variety, in November 2021, after a complaint was made against Snyder by his co-star Diane Davis, who played his on-stage wife Ginny Potter in the play, a third-party inquiry was launched by the production company of the play.
“Immediately upon receiving this complaint the producers commissioned an independent investigation by a third party, and Mr. Snyder was suspended pending the investigation’s completion, at the conclusion of the investigation, the producers decided Mr. Snyder should not return to the production and terminated his contract.”
Cursed Child producer’s statement
Furthermore, producers stated that Davis has “made the personal decision to take a leave of absence.”
“Out of respect for her privacy — and to maintain the integrity of the investigation — we will make no further comment regarding the matter.”
It’s unclear what the nature of the complaint is or how long her leave of absence will last.
The statement from Cursed Child‘s producers also discussed the desire to create a respectful workplace environment.
“We are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace, which is why we have robust workplace policies and procedures in place for all those involved in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This includes strict prohibitions against harassment in any form, as well as channels through which any employee can report conduct that they believe is inappropriate. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the extremely talented team that brings this production to life feels safe, empowered, and fully supported.”
Snyder has previously starred in Broadway plays such Cry Baby and If/Then, as well as films like She’s The Man and Pretty Persuasion.
About Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling teamed up with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to write the play, which is now running in London’s West End.
The play picks up 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a prequel or sequel to the books but an ‘eighth story’ in the Harry Potter timeline….
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