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?