J.K. Rowling hails new Harry Potter stage production actress Noma Dumezweni

Author takes to Twitter to clarify she never 'outright stated the character's race in the books'

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has hailed black actress Noma Dumezweni for taking up the role of Hermione Granger in the forthcoming stage production.

The original author of the fantasy series took to Twitter to voice her approval of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and pointed out she never “outright stated the character’s race in the books” despite Emma Watson playing her in the films.

J.K. Rowling wrote:

Written by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will depict the wizard and his longtime friends Hermione and Ron Weasley as adults employed at the Ministry of Magic. Jamie Parker has been cast as Potter, and Paul Thornley will play Weasley.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe recently discussed his career choices, which have seen him move away from blockbusters to play characters including poet Allen Ginsberg, and Igor in this year’s Victor Frankenstein.

However, Radcliffe hasn’t moved entirely past his character and says he is keen to catch the upcoming West End production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

“It’s weird,” he says. “But I’m happy for it to go on without me. I’ve no ownership of it.” Would he go and see it? “Now that I know [Harry’s in it] I actually really want to see it. It would be a mental thing to try and see it with lots of very excited Harry Potter fans. But I kind of would like to know what happens now.”

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child opens at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016.