J.K. Rowling has wrote a stage play entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and will only be playing in London at the Palace Theater. The cast has officially been announced and social media is running rampant at the news that a black actress will be playing Hermione.
British actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as the grown-up Hermione Granger in the forthcoming spin-off stage play while playing the adult Potter will be 36-year-old Jamie Parker (above left), with 40-year-old Paul Thornley playing Ron Weasley (above right).
“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,” Rowling said in an interview with her Pottermore website.
Responding to some negative reaction of Dumezweni’s casting, the author added, on Twitter, that the character’s skin colour had in fact never been specified in the books.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
they cast a black hermione for the cursed child! and jamie parker is harry! i love this cast!⚡️ pic.twitter.com/feByXZzbFh
— anna leszkiewicz (@annaleszkie) December 20, 2015
I’m disgusted my friend @paulfthornley has been cast as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter play because Paul is not really a pure-blood wizard.
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) December 21, 2015
— Marie Le Grinch (@youngvulgarian) December 21, 2015
Smol first years #art #harrypotter #hermionegranger #ronweasley #smol #squad A photo posted by Del S (@dellbelle39) on
There is even a huge REDITT thread about the casting choice, it is worth having a look.
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