‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child': Hermione Granger Actress Noma Dumezweni Reveals What’s Helping Her Cope With The Pressure

'It’s a theatre piece, I’m a theatre actor and doing a job as best I can.'

07/06/2016 11:54 | Updated 07 June 2016

Tonight (Tuesday 7 June), Noma Dumezweni will step onto the stage as Hermione Granger for the first time, but while it’d be fair to think the actress is feeling the pressure, Noma has revealed what’s helping her cope.

The announcement that the actress would be playing Hermione in ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ was met with criticism by some, with Noma now sharing her thoughts on the backlash.

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Noma Dumezweni at April's Olivier Awards 

Addressing the pressure ahead of her debut in the role, Noma tells The New York Times: “The weight of expectation is huge.

“But for me that pressure has been outweighed by getting text messages from mums I know saying how huge it is for their mixed-race daughters that I am playing Hermione.

“Ultimately it’s a theatre piece, I’m a theatre actor and doing a job as best I can.”

Speaking earlier this week, 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling condemned those who bemoaned the fact a black actress has been cast as Hermione, stating: “I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost colour from her face after a shock – that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with.

“But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”

Demand for tickets to the two-part play has been huge, and both productions are now sold out until 2017.

For more information on ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ click here.

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