The London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, has cast its Golden Trio. Based on a story written by J.K. Rowling, the play follows Harry years after the Battle of Hogwarts in his job as a middle-aged Ministry of Magic employee.
It was announced Sunday on the website that Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will play Harry, Hermione and Ron. The two-part play will premiere at the Palace Theatre next summer.
There's been quite a stir following the announcement because, obviously, one of the actors doesn't look like the character from the film franchise. Yes, Thornley is not a ginger, but I'm sure he'll be just fine as Ron all the same. I kid! Clearly, people (cough cough racists) are a little freaked out that Hermione, made famous by actress Emma Watson, is being portrayed by a black woman. The casting is still technically canon, though, as in the books, Hermione is never explicitly given a race and she possesses several characteristics that could belong to a woman of color. However, I'll leave it to Rowling herself and Neville Longbottom to address the issue.