African actress will play Hermione Granger in new Harry Potter play

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child casts Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

LONDON — What do Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger look like 19 years after Lord Voldemort has been vanquished? Left: The official poster for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Right: Noma Dumezweni accepting an Olivier Award in 2006, for her role in A Raisin in the Sun.My Harry Potter love has never wavered over the years since I first read the books, but as I get older and somewhat wiser, I find myself returning to the work.JK Rowling has expressed her approval for the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a new London stage production of Harry Potter, stating that “Rowling loves black Hermione”. In the Harry Potter books, the brilliant Hermione Granger is described as having frizzy, untamable dark hair, brown eyes, and protruding teeth, but more often is defined by her intellect and devotion to her friends.

Rowling’s novels about the wizarding world that is to open July 30 in the West End, they will look like Jamie Parker (Harry), Paul Thornley (Ron) and Noma Dumezweni (Hermione), who were announced as the lead actors in the two-part production on Monday. “I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer,” Ms. So even though she was played by the wonderful Emma Watson in eight massively popular Harry Potter movies, why shouldn’t Hermione be depicted as black? Rowling said on Twitter that the character’s skin color had in fact never been specified in the books. “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. The lack of diversity within the series is the one problem that sticks out the most, particularly amid growing discussions in publishing about the need for diversity.

Good luck to her.” “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,” the play’s synopsis reads. Asked on Twitter how she felt about the choice of actor to play Hermione, who in the Warner Brothers film franchise was portrayed by the actor Emma Watson, Rowling responded: Dumezweni, 45, was born in Swaziland to South African parents and moved to England as a child. With the Potter universe expanding beyond the seven books, thanks to a two-part stage drama and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them film, that conversation about diversity has been reignited yet again. Rowling herself was quick to weigh in with her support: And in fact, the notion of Hermione as a woman of color has been widely discussed in fan circles for years, most clearly laid out in a BuzzFeed post by Alanna Bennett, who connected fan-art renderings of Hermione as a black woman with the book’s exploration of magic politics, where Hermione was looked down upon for being born to Muggle parents. Rowling’s books were always clearly aware of the magic world’s version of racism, and even eugenics, where wizards of “pure” blood were seen by some to be superior, and “mudbloods” like Hermione had to fight against prejudice.

As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” Parker, 36, is best known for his role as the original Scripps in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, and Thornley, 40, for his roles in Doc Martin and London Road. Much has been made about Dumbledore’s status as a gay character – something confirmed by the author, but never within the books themselves – and now Rowling has talked up the number of LGBTQ and Jewish characters in the series.

But for the millions of fans who will see Cursed Child on the West End—and, let’s face it, on Broadway eventually—it will be a chance to see a whole new side of a character they thought they already knew. According to the Every Single Word video series, only 0.47 per cent of all lines spoken in the eight Harry Potter films were said by people of colour. As the Potter series grows beyond the original books and offers amazing opportunities for non-white characters, the responsibility to explore this sits on the shoulders of Rowling and the many talented people developing the world further.

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