Culture Street

J.K. Rowling has responded to criticism at the casting of Olivier award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni.
"I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione 'turned white' — that is, lost colour from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with," she told The Observer. "But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm."

J.K. Rowling says she has become increasingly frustrated with the shocking online reactions adding, “Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job."

The play picks up 19 years after Harry was last seen waving his children off to Hogwarts at the end of Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter is working in the Ministry of Magic but it is his youngest son Albus who is the centre of this new story. Just how will he cope with the family’s legacy? The play will be in two parts. You can see the first part as a matinee and the second in the evening or come back the following night. It's up to you!

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Alongside Noma Dumezweni, the play stars Jamie Parker as Harry, who originated the role of Scripps in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and is currently playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. He is joined London Road star Paul Thornley as Ron. The play goes into previews on June 7 at Palace Theatre in London's West End. The book, based on the play, can be pre-ordered here in Australia and here in the UK.

You Might Also Like

Books

Emma Chapman, author of How To Be A Good Wife, on the inspiration for her book

Can you describe your book in five words?

On February 1, 2013

Books

Top Twelve Must-Reads of November

[caption id="attachment_10715" align="alignright" width="215"] The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

On November 11, 2014

Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the eighth Harry Potter story

Finally the news all you Muggles have been waiting for. Harry Potter is coming to the West End as a stage show.

On June 29, 2015
 

Books

Nicole Kidman to adapt Cecilia Ahern's stories for TV. I am woman. Hear me roar

Nicole Kidman and the team behind Big Little Lies is set to adapt Cecelia Ahern’s upcoming short story collection for TV.

On August 22, 2018

Books

Final Girls by Riley Sager

By Sophia Whitfield

On August 18, 2017

Books

Read an extract from The Umbrian Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

This is the true story of the Umbrian Thursday night supper club, a group of four rural women who gather in a derelict stone house in the hills above Italy's...

On March 26, 2015
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2020 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au