Most people are familiar with the Harry Potter book series and those who are not would likely recognize the principle actors from the film adaptations. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – the three starring actors – not only brought the characters to life, but possessed the special quality of having grown up on screen, enabling the audience to feel a connection to them. Therefore, when the author of the series, J.K. Rowling, announced this year that the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” would be debuting in London in 2016, it meant the end of these actors being the sole representations for these characters like they were for over a decade. However, the latest shock came following the announcement that English actress Noma Dumezweni would be playing the upcoming adult version of Hermione Granger. Dumezweni has recently faced scrutiny given that she is black, unlike Granger’s original portrayal in the films.

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