J.K. Rowling Approves of Casting Black Actress as Hermione in ‘Harry Potter’ Play
It’s official, Rowling approves. Dumezweni is a Laurence Olivier Award winning actress who has appeared in more than a dozen productions in London theatre. The actress was born in Swaziland and moved to England when she was a young child. The play, written by Jack Thorne, shows Potter all grown up. Rowling has called this the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series. A short summary of the plot is available from the play’s website: “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.” The play is set to premiere in London’s Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.
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