Harry Potter has been a consistent part of my life, one that I never wanted to end. When I discovered we were getting more Harry Potter, I was ecstatic! With Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them hitting theaters later this year, we also just got amazing cast photos for the stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play opens in London on July 30, 2016 with a book adaptation releasing the very next day.
Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter, and Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter
Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley
You can also find pictures of Lucius and Draco Malfoy at Entertainment Weekly.com courtesy of Pottermore.
First, let me tell you, I am thrilled at the casting of everyone. It is no secret that I am not a fan of the epilogue both within the book and the eighth movie. Although it opened up doors to many more fan theories, I was not a fan of how it wrapped up something that I had been nearly a decade of my life.
We can not replace all that Daniel, Emma, and Rupert did for us. They were excellent at those characters. They bought them to life for many people and I never had any qualms with the portrayals of my favorite book characters. That old age makeup, however, was not great. It still left my imagination wandering on how these characters would look when they aged.
And now I know.
Let’s discuss Noma Dumezwweni. This is Hermione. She is Hermione. We are basing this on her image alone, however, and not her capabilities of the character, but, lets be honest, any of us can be Hermione. Hermione is a construct – a device – for us all. She is a character that many of us can embody, with traits that can speak to all of us. Physical description in the books aside (which never alluded to one race or the other), literary figures surpass characteristics to how they look because they are meant to represent more. I am a firm believer that if the physical notions are not a defining factor of their character (as Harry’s scar is a poignant part of the actual story, or Ron’s red hair is a story tool), then it is ok to change it. It is ok. The parts of Hermione that were driving forces of this story were her bushy hair and her brains – none of which are significant to any race.
With saying that, here are my favorite fan art depicting a black Hermione because this is the best representation that Hermione can be any of us with a little bit of magic and a lot of open minds.
And here I am back in 2005 as Hermione! If only I had not discovered I was Ravenclaw all along…I would redo this costume to show more love for such an iconic character.