Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Gives Us A New Harry, Ron, And Hermione
fter months of waiting, a few of our biggest, burning-est questions about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have finally been answered—with useful information and total awesomeness.
It all started Sunday night, when the production announced that its main trio of actors had been officially cast: Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley will star in the West End play next year as Harry, Hermione, and Ron, respectively.
That solves the main mystery of whether any of the original Harry Potter cast members might turn up to revisit their roles onstage, although let’s be honest, that was always a long shot. (However, Jamie Parker will bring a certain amount of wizardly experience to his role, having done a turn on the magical drama Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell this year.)
But the biggest fan response to the Cursed Child casting was a giant roar of approval for Noma Dumezweni, which makes the Harry Potter fandom’s decades-long push for a brown-skinned Hermione not just a dream, but straight-up canon.
And P.S., that’s canon confirmed by the master herself, as J.K. Rowling pre-empted any Death-Eater-ly pushback against Black Hermione with a resounding tweet.
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
Rowling was also joined by onscreen Hogwarts alums Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis, who weighed in with some magical wisdom on the importance of looks to a role.
Tbh new Hermione is black, Harry looks like Ron, when I was cast ppl complained about my HAIR & it is people’s❤️ NOT their looks that matter
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) December 21, 2015
And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don’t care. Good luck to her. https://t.co/0JNjK3Pe0V
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) December 21, 2015
So let’s just can the ridiculous complaints about the hue of Hermione’s epidermis, mmmkay?
Meanwhile, there are still months to go before Cursed Child makes its debut—and plenty of roles to be filled, including the part of Albus Severus Potter, whose adolescent angst is a big part of the story.
And while this announcement fills in three big blanks about the play, there hasn’t been a peep from the producers when it comes to the huge, burning question of whether or not little Albus lives in a snitch nest, which is disappointing.