UPDATED: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Casts Its Trio!

With 2016 on the horizon, we’ve known for a while that casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been underway. Now, Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye has tweeted that the play has found its Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

The official Twitter account for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has retweeted Bamigboye’s tweets, confirming the casting news.

Actor Paul Thornley will be playing Ron:

Actor Jamie Parker has been cast as Harry:

Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as Hermione, making her the first actress to play a member of the trio as a person of color:

Bamigboye followed his announcement tweets by providing information on the actors’ current projects.

Jamie Parker can be seen in Guys and Dolls, running at the Savoy Theatre:

Noma Dumezweni can currently be seen in Linda at the Royal Court Theatre:

Meanwhile, Paul Thornley is currently filming the upcoming Netflix UK drama series The Crown:

UPDATE:

The Daily Mail has published an article on the casting. On the decision to cast Dumezweni as Hermione, the article says,

Rowling never made a point of Hermione’s ethnicity, and there’s no textual evidence to indicate that she is, necessarily, white.

Hermione is described as having unruly brown ‘bushy hair’, which she hates. In fact, there are screeds of essays and scholarly works arguing that Hermione could be black. One piece observed that she was born to Muggle, non-wizard, parents and was considered an outsider at Hogwarts – and coded as a racial minority in the wizarding world.

Additionally,

Director [John] Tiffany said he had simply cast the best possible actors, noting that they ‘will be an incredible and estimable triumvirate’.

The article also provides more information about the three actors themselves:

Dumezweni, who lives with her young daughter in London, took over the title role in the play Linda, now running at the Royal Court, with only four days notice after Sex [a]nd [t]he City star Kim Cattrall dropped out. Her performance received rave reviews.

She won an Olivier award in 2006 for her role in the play A Raisin [i]n [i]he Sun, is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in Doctor Who.

On Paul Thornley, it says,

Thornley, who is married to and has two children with Casualty star Chloe Howman, has made countless appearances on such staple fare as Holby City, Doctors, Poirot and Life Begins. And he played opposite Olivia Colman in the film London Road.

The article notes that it is “likely” that Thornley’s hair will be dyed to match Ron’s for the play.

Parker, “who is expected to don Harry’s famous glasses,” writes the Daily Mail,

[…] has had a stellar career, having struck gold as Scripps in The History Boys. He has played Henry V on stage and Hamlet on the radio. He is presently playing Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at the Savoy Theatre.

Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that the casting was a “collective decision” involving J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, writer Jack Thorne, fellow producer Colin Callender, and herself.

She added that the production will not be high-tech production, although special effects experts and an illusionist have been hired:

There will be magic.

Harry Potter Play - The play starts 19 years after the last H Potter story ended. Photo caption - L-R Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) at the Palace Theatre. Photo by Simon Annand Photo from Janine.Shalom@premiercomms.com

Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) at the Palace Theatre. Photo by Simon Annand.

 

UPDATE (December 21):

More photos of Thornley, Dumezweni, and Parker have been released along with an official press release on the casting news.

You can read the official press release below:

Official Press Release

What do you think of this casting news? Do you plan to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

  • Augustus

    You’re kidding me with the actress playing Hermione, right? Why would they cast someone that looks absolutely nothing like Hermione? Bizarre.

    • SB

      No red hair on Ron either…

      • Yuuuuup

        That can be colored easily. The actors that played Fred and George did for every movie.

    • Moxie

      If you can imagine wizards and hippogriffs but can’t handle an interpretation of Hermione as a person of color, you’re racist. Her skin color is NEVER mentioned in the books. Anyone can be smart, anyone can have bushy hair, and anyone with half a brain can see you for the bigot you are.

      • JohnHousecat

        Yup, we’re RACIST!!11 because the SJWs have taken over the damned fandom because they cannot and refuse to recognize Rowling’s default (which is white), and now Rowling’s feeding/letting it be fed because she doesn’t want to be labelled a racist either (even though she knows damned well that she drew and wrote Hermione as white).

        Every time there was a character of color in her books, she described them as such. There are POCs in her books, but they’re freaking tokens, stuck in there to prop up the white heroes (both Dean and Cho, used and dumped for the whiter & brighter). That’s just how the books were/are, and Rowling is forever tripping over herself in this climate of social justice in order to try and fix what she did instead of putting her foot down and owning her creation.

        But the only bigots I see running around are the SJWs who are SO focused on identity politics that they cannot comprehend what such identity politics does to a group of people. It keeps their emotional growth and intellectual reasoning stagnated within in the idealism of pre-adolescence.

        • Lisa

          Just out of curiosity what’s SJW? And what group of people are hurt by identity politics?

          • Kelly

            Social justice Warrior. That’s what SJW means.

          • Iain Walker

            “SJW” = “Social Justice Warrior”. A term used mainly as a buzzword on the political right as an alternative to intelligent debate, but reappropriated ironically by some on the left.

      • Augustus

        Wow. Name calling. I just thought it odd is all, no need to get judgemental. Maybe take a deep breath and think about things before getting so aggressive. I’m sure she’s brilliant, I just pictured an Emma Watson type is all.

      • Laura

        Actually, it is. She is described as having a “white face” in Prisoner of Azkaban. Her mother is also specifically described as white, making her likely white as well. Rowling HERSELF sketched Hermione as WHITE. Just because she says she likes this casting doesn’t mean it’s all of a sudden canon. Insisting on accurate portrayals of characters isn’t bigoted. No one has a problem with blacks being cast as black — and heck, I’d imagine these same people would have been quite annoyed to see Kingsley Shacklebolt cast as white. Hermione has a certain look, and this simply isn’t it.

  • Kelly

    Did they even try with casting any of them? I understand it’s different for plays and musicals, but wow.

    • JohnHousecat

      SHHHHHH…question the casting at all and you’ll earn the title “RAAAAAACISSSST!!11” from all the SJWs applauding the casting.

      • Kelly

        Ah, yes, you can’t not (sorry for the double negative) like the casting of someone if they are a minority. Trust me on this, it’s not racism, the casting directors are just stupid.

  • Domo.A.Gogo

    time to watch the internet burn

  • Charon Atchison

    So excited for the actress playing Hermione being a POC! Fantastic!

  • Austin

    I had way more of an initial problem with Harry having red hair and Ron not than Hermione being a POC! That would have been weird haha. With hair dye, I think these are awesome choices.

  • Sarah Jane Neeley

    such political correctness marxist bullshit. diversity is code for white genocide. ridiculous.

    • Alex Andrés

      avoid saying genocide. just point out the anti-white agenda. I find that its much more effective. I know, i know, i agree with you, but do we want to stop this or not? Adopt the most effective tactics and abandon the ones that dont have as much of an impact.

      • Lisa

        Anti-white agenda? Again, seriously? Persons of colour actually exist, you know? It’s not anyone’s agenda, it’s a fact. It’s funny that you enjoy a series with an anti-discrimination and pro-tolerance message and make white supremacist comments on its fan website.

    • Lisa

      Are you serious? One character of colour out of three is white genocide? Do you know what genocide means?

    • Sarah Jane Neeley

      make more sense now?

  • azrael407

    Not a SINGLE ONE of the actors look like what their supposed to. At least the movies tried-and yes, all the main characters were described in the book and on the ORIGINAL art covers. I STILL have a HUGE issue with the fact that they did not make harry’s eyes green-seriously how hard is it to get contacts O_o. I for one am not even happy with the original ending of the books (seriously?! Ginny?!) sooooooo yeah…not paying ANY attention to this catastrophe.

    • tamara

      They did try giving Dan green contacts, but he had an allergic reaction so they had to give that up. You can see in the first movie.

    • Iain Walker

      Because your suspension of disbelief is more important than an 11-year old boy having to wear contact lenses that cause him discomfort? Really?

  • RavenPaw

    Plot twist: Harry is actually ginger

  • Alex Andrés

    Diversity is code for anti-white.

    • Iain Walker

      And “anti-white” is code for racism. See how easy it is?

  • PotterHead7

    @RavenPaw Would that work? I’m not quite sure if that’s an acceptable headcanon/plot twist xD

  • Iain Walker

    “This is Noma Dumezweni,” said Dumbledore happily to a thunderstruck Umbridge, ” I think you’ll find her suitable.”

  • Issy Blackthorn

    I thought the Harry Potter fandom was an accepting place, open to change. Either everyone needs to re-evaluate their priorities, or our fandom is not the nicest thing to be a part of.

    • Iain Walker

      Pick a fandom. Any fandom. You’ll almost certainly find the same dark corners, the same narrow-mindedness and sense of entitlement is a sub-section of fans. The biggest irony is that all this froth is over the casting of Hermione, whom Rowling consistently writes as the sort of person who, in the real world, would be entirely happy with it.

      • Iain Walker

        Dammit, “in” a sub-section of fans, not “is”.