Yesterday, we got our first in-costume look at the actors playing Harry, Albus and Ginny Potter in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a brand-new, Rowling-approved play hitting London's West End this summer.
Today, we've got another round of images, these ones featuring the Granger-Weasley clan. Here's Ron:
And here's Hermione:
And here's their daughter, Rose:
Aaaand here's a group shot featuring the entire family:
If you're looking at these images and thinking, "Hey, I notice something different about these characters!", you're not wrong! As you can see, Hermione is no longer lilly-white (nor is she and Ron's daughter, obviously). If you're wondering if that change revealed some Harry Potter fans to be just as terrible as some Dark Tower fans (or Bond fans or Ghostbusters fans or Captain America fans), the answer is: why, yes it did!
Luckily, most of that outcry dimmed down ages ago, shortly after Noma Dumezweni was cast in Emma Watson's former role. At the time, Harry Potter author JK Rowling addressed the change thusly:
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione �� https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
And yet, a new wave of whining started when the images hit social media this morning. Anyone losing their shit over these changes is cordially invited to read this editorial, which we ran earlier this week (note: linking that post will be my go-to move for any and all future fan meltdowns, be they major or minor).
Anyway, the cast looks great, and we're all bummed we're not going to get to see the show with our own eyes. If you're catching Harry Potter And The Cursed Child when it hits the West End this summer, be sure to let us know what you thought! We're all very curious about it.