Big news out of London as we’re seeing reports that the cast of the next installment in the Harry Potter series has been announced, with the role of Hermione Granger going to black actressNoma Dumezweni.
The play, titled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” takes place 19 years after the last book and focuses on the lives ofHarry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry’s son, Albus:
More on the new cast from the Daily Mail:
This is the grown-up Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley who will appear in next years highly anticipated stage play and theyre very different from their big screen counterparts.
Harry will be played by 36-year-old Jamie Parker, an original member of Alan Bennetts History Boys cast at the National Theatre, while Paul Thornley has been cast as Ron Weasley.
Ron, his hair now receding, is married to Hermione a part won by Noma Dumezweni, 45, who was born in Swaziland to South African parents fleeing apartheid. She moved with her mother and sister to Suffolk when she was seven.
Hermione was played by white actress Emma Watson in the film franchise, but according to BuzzFeed’sAlanna Bennett, the character’s race was never made clear in the books:
Some of the early reaction to the news:
There was a dust-up earlier this year over news that black actor Idris Elba might portray James Bond in the future:
With James Bond author Adrian Lester getting in trouble for saying Elba was “too street” to play Bond: