Broadway Star in ‘Harry Potter’ Fired over Misconduct Allegations


Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Producers have fired star James Snyder following a complaint from his co-star regarding Snyder’s conduct shortly after the show’s recent overhaul. After a pandemic shut down, Snyder was announced by producers that he would not be returning to the Broadway production. 

The exact nature of the complaint made by Snyder’s on-stage wife Diane Davis, who played Ginny Weasley, has not been made public, but producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions did share that it was initially made on Nov. 19 – just three days after the show reopened. Snyder was expelled from the show after an independent investigation was completed. On Sunday, producers informed Snyder that he would not be returning to the show and that his contract was terminated.

“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,”The producers made the statement in a statement. “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.”

Davis, for his part, has “made the personal decision to take a leave of absence,” producers continued. “Out of respect for her privacy – and to maintain the integrity of the investigation – we will make no further comment regarding the matter.”Snyder and David joined the cast. Cursed Child2019 will see Poppy and Jamie Parker replace the Broadway originals. 

Before playing Potter, Snyder was seen on Broadway in Cry-Baby, If/Then, In Transit,and in television shows such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. These are some of the stage credits for Davis Golden BoyShe was also a regular on television, appearing in shows like Dr. Death, Person Of Interest And FringeHarry Potter and The Cursed Child Debuted in London in 2016, and was opened on Broadway in 2018. Initial performances were for two nights. The Broadway premiere opened in 2018.Cursed ChildAfter a 15-month break due to the pandemic, this performance was reworked into a one-show performance.