William McKenna on his Harry Potter role: "The pressure is there"
As ABC kids' series 'Nowhere Boys' starts its final season, the actor is deep in rehearsals for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
Teenage actor William McKenna is back for the final season of Nowhere Boys (starts Mon., Dec. 3 at 5pm; ABC ME) and has been cast in the upcoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as Scorpius Malfoy.
What can fans expect from the new Nowhere Boys?
A lot more action, magic, adventure and running. This season is so intense. We also see Ben attempt to be part of the gang once more.
Does the show end in a satisfying way?
Completely. It’s a really exciting ending – Nowhere Boys hasn’t done anything like this before. Finishing on the show is a bit like leaving school, which I’m actually doing now.
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What have you enjoyed about playing Ben?
The glasses. [Laughs] He gets really excited about magic and research, and to play that is fun. There are a lot of similarities between Ben and me.
Next, you’re in the Harry Potter play. Are you a fan?
I’m a huge fan. There’s a video of me and my cousin when we were 6 years old shouting spells at each other with wands.
How do you feel about playing the son of such a pivotal character?
The pressure is there, but Scorpius is written so beautifully I feel grateful for the opportunity.
You’re OK being Slytherin?
I went on Pottermore a couple of years ago and I am Slytherin. At the time, I was like, “That sucks,” but now I couldn’t be happier.
Gavin ScottA pop culture enthusiast from a young age, Gavin is equally passionate about great pop music (’80s synthpop, ’10s dream pop), gripping TV series (Friday Night Lights, The Handmaid’s Tale) and trips to the cinema (I love a blockbuster as much as anyone, but I’m done with the superhero thing).