The stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has finally named their cast — and everyone’s talking about Noma Dumezweni, the stunning actress who was cast as Hermione Granger. However, it’s J.K. Rowling’s response that really trumped them all.
Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley are officially the new Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the sequel set to hit London’s Palace Theatre in summer 2016. Right away, Twitter started asking how J.K. Rowling, the author of the original series, felt about the casting, since Hermione will now be played by a black woman.
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“Especially rowling. how does she feel about black hermione. i need to know,” one fan tweeted about the new casting of the three famous wizards. Luckily, JK was ready with the perfect response:
“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘,” she tweeted on Dec. 21. I mean, that couldn’t be any more spot on! JK also released a statement to Pottermore, saying, “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
The rest of the cast has not yet been released, but the official plot line reads: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age 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. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
It’s definitely an exciting time for Harry Potter fans. Fantastic Beasts, the prequel to the series just dropped its first trailer, starring Eddie Redmayne, and well, it looks magical. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be presented in two parts and will begin on June 7, 2016 in London. Do you like the casting, HollywoodLifers?