African Actress as Hermione Granger in new Harry Potter Play
If you’re a fan of the famed Harry Potter franchise, you may be excited to learn about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a story about Harry Potter as an adult. The story is set nineteen years after the conclusion of the final book of the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise and follows Harry, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter.
The story is part of an upcoming two-part stage play based on a story by author J.K.Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and the play’s director John Tiffany. Scheduled to open in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre, London, England, the play will feature J.K.Rowling collaborating with an experienced team to bring the production to the stage.
J.K. Rowling has applauded the casting decision saying that “white skin was never specified” and actors from the film have also voiced their support. Question is, how will the public receive it? More importantly, will the fan base take a hit given this casting choice? So far, feedback has been positive and as of this writing, I’m yet to hear of significant backlash. Fingers crossed that it remains this way.
The decision to go with an African actress for the role of Hermione doesn’t bother me at all because Noma Dumezweni’s quite talented and I think will add a certain “something” to the story and the live performance. For those of you who’ve followed the Harry Potter franchise, tell me, will a different-colored Hermione Granger take away from your enjoyment of the story?