Meet the new Harry Potter cast, black actor to play Hermione
Yes, we know many of us won’t be able to afford the tickets to London but that is not stopping us from getting excited.art and culture Updated: Dec 21, 2015 17:09 IST
Next year will be a great year for Harry Potter fans. Not only will the Potterheads get to see the prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but also the much awaited sequel play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the lead cast of which has now been revealed.
Yes, we know many of us won’t be able to afford the tickets to London but that is not stopping us from getting excited. The latest scoop from the play is that the producers have now finalised the lead actors who will play the older selves of Harry, Hermione and Ron. Jamie Parker will play Harry, Paul Thornley will play Ron and Noma Dumezweni will play Hermione.
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
While some fans are unable to digest a black woman as Hermione, many have embraced the decision.
Mother hen and the author of Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling said on her Pottermore website: “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 synopsis of the play reveals: “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.”
The play will be shown at London’s West End Palace Theatre and the previews will start from July 7, 2016. The tickets are pretty affordable at just £10 per show. But of course, the original cast of Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will not be seen.