On Tuesday, Pottermore, the all-things-Harry Potter website, revealed key cast member photos of the Potter family as they’ll appear in the London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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Pottermore released further images Wednesday, this time showcasing the Granger-Weasley family, a.k.a. Hermione Granger and Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley.
Set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Granger and Weasley have a daughter, Rose. Her picture was also released. Weasley will be played by Paul Thornley, Granger by Noma Dumezweni, and Rose by Cherrelle Skeete.
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There was some internet backlash when it was announced that a black actress would be playing Hermione, who’s played by Emma Watson in the movies. Some people claimed it was jarring to switch the character from white to black.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling even stepped into the fray, insisting that she never clearly stated what skin colour Hermione has.
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
Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni)
Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley)
Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Potter saga, has its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016.
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The play is based on an original new story by Potter writer J.K. Rowling, along with co-writers Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
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