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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
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Theatre veteran Jamie Parker will be Harry Potter, which was played by Daniel Radcliff in the movies.(Twitter and Warner Bros.)

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.

While some fans are unable to digest a black woman as Hermione, many have embraced the decision.

Noma Dumezweni will be Hermione Granger, which was played by Emma Watson in the hit movies. (Twitter and Warner Bros)

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.”

Read: Harry Potter play to pick up where the books left off

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.”

Paul Thornley will be Ron Weasley, which was played by Rupert Grint in the hit movies. (Twitter and Warner Bros )

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.

First Published: Dec 21, 2015 16:56 IST