A Black Woman Will Play Hermione in a New Harry Potter Play

Noma Dumezweni will take on the role of Hermione Granger in a London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

The show will open in July 2016 at the Palace Theater.

The actress, who is of South African descent, will star alongside Jamie Parker, who will play Harry Potter, and Paul Thornley, who will play Ron Weasley.
The play is based on a short story written Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It is set 19 years after the final book in the series.

According to the production's website here's what the show is about.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

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.

Dumezweni won the Olivier award for best performance in a supporting role for her work in 2005’s A Raisin In The Sun.

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