Author tweeted approval of casting actor with South African heritage in London stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Noma Dumezweni - black hermione
Dumezweni, 45, was born in Swaziland to South African parents and moved to England as a child. She won the Olivier award for best performance in a supporting role for her work in 2005’s A Raisin in the Sun, and recently replaced Kim Cattrall in Penny Skinner’s play Linda in a “knockout” performance.

JK Rowling has expressed her approval for the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a new London stage production of Harry Potter, stating that “Rowling loves black Hermione”.

Dumezwani, an actor of South African heritage, is to play one of the three main roles in the Palace theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens in July 2016. She will star alongside Jamie Parker as an adult Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley.

Asked on Twitter how she felt about the choice of actor to play Hermione, who in the Warner Brothers film franchise was portrayed by the actor Emma Watson, Rowling responded:

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