J.K Rowling and Harry potter star Emma Watson have recently both come to the defence of actress Noma Dumezweni who is set to play the role of Hermione in a stage play. It was announced in mid-December that the black actress would be playing the role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many social media users on Twitter expressed their emotions about this decision. These comments voiced confusion, some even racist as Hermione is famously seen as a white actress in the Harry Potter Movies.
Harry Potter originally started off as a book series with the first book titled Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. Due to such popularity the books were later created into movies with the first film in the series released in 2001. It’s understandable that people would voice their opinion on the matter considering a whole generation of people from the 90’s have grown up with this saga.
Norma is an English actress born to South African parents. The 46 year old actress was born in Swaziland and later moved to London as a child. She has appeared in many TV shows broadcasted in the UK. Some of the shows consist of EastEnders, Holy City, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders,New Tricks,Little Miss Joceyln and Shameless to name a few.
According to harrypottertheplay.com, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from late May 2016. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.