Harry Potter play: lead cast and more plot details revealed

Harry Potter play: lead cast and more plot details revealed

The parts of Harry, Hermione and Ron in the upcoming stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" have been cast, with Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley playing the characters as adults.

The two-part play, which is set 19 years after the books, will start where the seventh book left off. It will open in the West End next June.

Author J K Rowling told fan site Pottermore: “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”

She later tweeted her approval of casting a black actress as Hermione, saying: "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione."

(From left) Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley. Picture: Simon Annand

Parker, who is currently starring in the West End theatre production of "Guys and Dolls", will play Harry as an overworked father of three.

Pottermore revealed part of the play’s synopsis, which says: “While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Thornley is one of the stars of the musical "London Road", while Dumezweni has had leading roles in films such as "Dirty Pretty Things" and plays like "A Raisin in the Sun".