Last week the news might have been all about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the release of its announcement trailer, but today it's all about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
The Cursed Child is the much anticipated play based on a new, original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and is set to debut in London's West End in May 2016. Today it has finally been revealed which actors will play the grown-up versions of Harry, Ron and Hermione!
That's right, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will not be reprising their iconic roles, instead The Cursed Child, which is set 19 years after the events of J.K. Rowling's original series, will see 36-year-old Jamie Parker as Harry, Paul Thornley as Ron, and 45-year-old Noma Dumezweni as Hermione.
While it's always a shock to see different faces taking on roles made iconic by the original actors, obviously the casting choice which has drawn the most attention of the three is Noma Dumezweni as Hermione. As a person of color (she is originally from Swaziland, though moved to England at the age of 7), the decision to cast Dumezweni has sadly gleaned some negative attention from fans who are used to seeing the caucasian Hermione from the eight movies.
However J.K. Rowling herself recently tweeted to fans, and pointed out one very salient fact about Hermione (which was also made back in February by BuzzFeed community member Alanna Bennett):
Nice one, J.K.!
Thankfully, despite some haters, it does seem as though the vast majority of Potter fans are well onboard for Hermione's change in ethnicity:
One twitter user even pointed out something that Potter fans should be concerned about:
According to Pottermore, due to the "epic nature of the story," Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is to be broken up into two parts. Theater-goers will have the option of seeing both parts either on the same day with a matinee and evening performance, or over the course of two evenings. Over 250,000 tickets have already been sold for the play which is expected to be "the biggest theatrical event in London next year."
Read the official synopsis for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will debut in London's West End in May 2016, and 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them' will be released in cinemas on November 18, 2016.