What Happens to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Meet the adult Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley 19 years after Lord Voldemort has been vanquished in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announces on last Monday, December 21st 2015 that Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron. J.K. Rowling said:
“I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
The play, which sold 175,000 tickets in the first 24 hours, will portray the trio as much older wizards and witches, with Harry being an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. The play follows the epilogue featured in both the novel and film of The Deathly Hallows. Harry is now head of the Auror division at the Ministry of Magic, where Ron also works. Hermione works as a lawyer in the department of Magical Law Enforcement.
However, there is something that’s totally different from the whole previous Harry Potter movies: Hermione Granger becomes black. The adult Hermione Granger will be played by Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni. Dumezweni, was born in Swaziland from South African parents, and moved to England when she was a child. In the eight Harry Potter movies, Hermione with the ‘bushy brown hair and brown eyes’, was only being played on screen by Emma Watson. Shortly after the casting announcement was made, Dumezweni posted on Twitter about the reaction she had been getting from fans :
Um… So. Just seen my feed BLOW UP… What’s THAT about?! ????!
— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) December 20, 2015
Hermione’s race has long been a topic of discussion among fans; therefore Dumezweni’s casting was good news for many. As the announcement of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast with black Hermione, fellow fans tweeted:
THEY CAST A BLACK HERMIONE???? *BURSTS INTO BLACK GIRL MAGIC TEARS* https://t.co/QH7Jonsw5W
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 20, 2015
Black Hermione is just the start. Then we coming for Lyra Belacqua. Lizzie Bennett, too. Maybe Jane Eyre. Watch. *cackles*
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) December 21, 2015
MY BLACK HERMIONE DREAMS ARE FINALLY COMING TRUE
— black hermione stan (@jessetowing) December 21, 2015
J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, has applauded the decision. Rowling adds that she never made a point of Hermione’s ethnicity, and there’s no textual evidence to indicate that she is, necessarily, white.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Producer Friedman said the casting was a collective decision involving Rowling, Tiffany, Thorne, Callender and herself. “We were all involved with all the key casting decisions,” she told the Daily Mail. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, consists of two separate plays. Official previews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin on June 7th 2016, and the official Opening performances of Part One and Part Two on July 30th 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child expected to be the biggest theatrical event in London next year.