No wands, but it’s still magical! J.K. Rowling’s first novel after the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy, has been turned into a British miniseries for BBC. The story follows a handful of intertwined people in the English town of Pagford, who come from different socio-economic classes.
It received a lot of buzz when the book was initially released in 2012, mostly due to the former children’s author’s transition into more adult fare with raunchy language and imagery.
The cast of the miniseries is relatively unknown, with the exception of actor Michael Gambon, who played beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the final six Potter films. Gambon, who will be playing greedy deli owner Howard Mollison, recently made the heartbreaking announcement that he would be retiring from theater acting due to struggles with memory loss.
Though the series will air first in the UK, American fans will also get the chance to see the three-part show. The Casual Vacancy will air Parts 1 and 2 on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET and Part 3 on Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.
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