African actress will play Hermione Granger in new Harry Potter play

L-R Paul Thornley (Ron), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Jamie Parker (Harry) at the Palace Theatre.

Story highlights

  • Actress Noma Dumezweni will play the role of Hermione in a new Harry Potter play.
  • J.K. Rowling has defended the decision to cast a black woman in the role
  • 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is based on an original story, co-written by J.K. Rowling.

(CNN)A black actress will play Hermione in a new Harry Potter play.

Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni will take the lead role in the much-anticipated stage production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."
    She will play a middle-aged Hermione Granger, in a story set 19 years after the final book of the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise.
      Hermione has so far only been played on screen by Emma Watson.
      J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, has applauded the decision, adding that "white skin was never specified:"