A Swazi-born actress Noma Dumezweni (45) has made history as she’s cast to take lead role in the much-anticipated stage production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by becoming the first black woman to be featured in blockbuster Harry Potter, playing Hermione Granger in the eighth installment of the series, a story set 19 years after the final book of the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise.
Not only did Dumezweni raise the flag high in the international stage but also made history by featuring as the first black woman in the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s famous series and winning the Laurence Olivier Award for her role in the 2006 production of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ She had also appeared in more than a dozen London theatre productions.
Hermione’s race has long been a topic of discussion among fans, with people posing long, considered answers for each side of the argument on websites such as Quora and Reddit. Among the Tumblr blogging community, fans have posted drawings of a black Hermione for years.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which consists of two separate plays, intended to be seen in swift succession, opens in the West End July 2016. While the vast majority of tickets for the run, which currently goes on until late May 2017, have sold out, four preview performances have been announced for May 2016, before the play opens.
In February 2016, Noma will make her directorial debut at the Royal Court Theatre, with “I See You,” by South African playwright Mongiwekhaya. Dumezweni was born in Swaziland, then moved with her South African parents to England when she was a child.
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