The casting for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the play that will take place after the events set in Harry Potter, has begun casting its Golden Trio. Jamie Parker will play Harry Potter. Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley. Noma Dumezweni will play Hermione Granger – the first canonical interpretation of a black Hermione.
While there have been many – many, many, many – arguments for a canonical interpretation of Hermione as black, the only canonical visual representations of Hermione – the illustrations in the books and the casting of Emma Watson in the movies – presented her as white. This is the first instance of a black Hermione being canon, and it’s about damn time.
A photo of the cast can be found at the Daily Mail, who broke the news earlier today. The Daily Mail talked to director John Tiffany, who confirmed that the decision was made with J.K. Rowling and that the cast the best possible actors for the roles.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set nineteen years after the last chapter of Deathly Hallows – not 19 years after the epilogue – and follows Harry, who is working at the Ministry of Magic, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter, who is struggling with his family’s legacy.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with Rowling. It will be presented in two parts.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
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