For the past few months, there have been many online reports about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II coming to Broadway in New York City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it has been confirmed that the original cast members who portrayed Harry Potter (Jamie Parker), Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley), Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni), Albus Potter (Sam Clemmett), Ginny Potter (Poppy Miller), Draco Malfoy (Alex Price) and Scorpius Malfoy (Anthony Boyle).
The article quoted the director John Tiffany from a statement:
“We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway,” said director John Tiffany in a statement. “Our Cursed Child family is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues….”
When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II was being prepared for a West End opening in 2015, it was a great surprise for everyone when Noma Dumezweni was cast as “Hermione Granger” who was portrayed by Emma Watson in the film adaptations of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. The author was unperturbed by this unexpected theatrical casting. This was what she tweeted:
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.
Shortly afterwards, The Hollywood Reporter posted an article on Rowling’s feelings about the people who disapproved of Dumezweni’s casting as “Hermione”:
“bunch of racists…. I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”
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