On Monday 21 December 2015, the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced that Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron. J.K. Rowling said: “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
But the news that a black actress would be playing Hermione Granger seemed to stun the world, many die-hard Harry Potter fans weren’t happy with the news, though most of the world embraced it. The shock was caused due to the fact that in the film series the character was portrayed as white, and that continuity from the franchise had effectively been broken. Would the reaction of been different if she was originally black? Perhaps. However, in this day and age, colour-blind casting shouldn’t be so shocking to the world with an ever changing society. I was reminded of Kyle Jean Baptiste, the 21-year-old who was the first black actor to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway – who tragically died this year. He was phenomenally talented and perfect for the role, as I’m sure Norma will be as Hermione.
The only situation where I think colour-blind casting shouldn’t be used is if it’s inaccurate to the story – for example in musicals such as Hairspray or Memphis, where the main theme is coloured segregation: if you had a white woman playing Motormouth or Felicia Farrell, it wouldn’t make sense.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinée and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Previews begin 7 June 2016 with the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking to 27 May 2017.
“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.”
I’m very excited to get my tickets for this show! Try and catch it at previews for cheaper tickets!
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