J.K Rowling Gives Her Seal of Approval to Black Grown-Up Hermione in New Harry Potter Play
The two part-play based on the original new story by Rowling, sees Harry as an adult, working for the Ministry of Magic and a husband and father of three children
Harry Potter is all grown up.
The cast of the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has officially been revealed.
Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as the beloved gang of wizards, Harry, Hermione and Ron.
“I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” said author, J.K. Rowling. “I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron (respectively) to life onstage next summer.”
And while Harry and Ron’s adult counterparts have similar looks to the onscreen actors before them, the part of Hermione was won by a black English actress.
Rowling addressed the casting of Dumezweni as Hermione, supporting the South African-born star and pointing out that the character’s ethnicity was “never specified” in her original books.
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“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever,” she tweeted. “White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”
The two part-play based on the original new story by Rowling, sees Harry as an adult, working for the Ministry of Magic and a husband and father of three children.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted,” reads the production synopsis for the play. “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Although performances for the highly anticipated play do not begin at London’s Palace Theater until late May, the show has already sold more than a quarter of a million tickets.