December 21, 2015


'Harry Potter' Sequel Play: J.K. Rowling "Loves Black Hermione" Casting

In 2016, nine years after Harry Potter wrapped its seven-novel run with The Deathly Hallows, a London theatrical production will continue the saga. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will detail the title character as "an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children."

And now we've got our official look, in the photo above, at Grown, Non-Movie-Epilogue Harry, along with his BFFs and partners in evil-vanquishing, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

The casting is bound to inspire/has probably already inspired a trillion headlines for the fact that Hermione's being portrayed by a black actress. Her name's Noma Dumezweni; Harry is Jamie Parker, Ron is Paul Thornley. Lest you wonder about the thoughts of author J.K. Rowling, who is involved with the play in various capacities, including with this casting—well, see the tweet below:

The internet—Tumblr in particular—has had fun recasting the characters of Potter not only in the fan-fiction realm but artistically, as well. A bit of brown Hermione art, retweeted by J.K. Rowling, for the uninitiated:

Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne chimed in about his love of the casting as well, wryly tweeting, "Noma, Jamie & Paul will be the most brilliant three. We're very lucky to have them. And to assure all doubters - Paul is ginger in his soul."

Vulture has a great breakdown of the new trio's résumés; among much more, Dumezweni is an Olivier Award–winner; Parker was in the Tom Cruise Nazis-and-eyepatches movie Valkyrie and is a Shakespeare guy; Thornley was in the Les Misérables movie.

Here are three solo headshots, via the play's official Twitter.


Hermione, a.k.a. Hermoninny in Viktor Krum Speak:


The U.K.'s Daily Mail says The Cursed Child has sold more than a quarter million tickets so far. "Some 175,000 seats were sold in just 24 hours, a West End record," the paper writes, later adding that "the play is expected to be the biggest theatrical event in London next year."

For more info about the plot, the people behind it, and the background, head here.