Casting Updates For New Harry Potter Play & Movie

Casting Updates For New ‘Harry Potter’ Play And Film

The play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will open at London’s Palace Theater during the summer of 2016, will pick up where the ultra-popular book and movie franchise left off, showing a middle-aged Harry Potter working at the Ministry of Magic, while his oldest son, Albus Potter, attends Hogwarts, reported TV Newsroom.

The cast was recently announced in December and will reportedly include Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, and Noma Dumezwenia as Hermione Granger.

The new Harry Potter story is a major theater production based on an adaptation of an original story by playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. According to reports, there was a minor amount of predictable backlash from certain fans who expressed their unhappiness that Dumezwenia – an English-born African actress – who will be playing Hermione in the upcoming stage play.

Dumezwenia has reportedly starred in a variety of other TV and stage plays, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her turn as Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Although Ebony reported that Hermione was always played by a white girl or woman in the Harry Potter movie franchise, it’s important to note that in the original book series, her race was never defined.

Furthermore, as Ebony points out, black experiences are – at their core – human experiences that translate across lines of race, which is little more than pigment at its scientific core.

“Black life, feelings and experiences are universal too. We are human. In the face of the 2016 presidential election and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, media representations still matter, and something as powerful and far-reaching as Harry Potter is definitely a noteworthy issue.”

J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter phenomenon, made her feelings on the matter very clear in a Tweet: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”