Harry Potter fans will be jumping out of their seats at the news. The cast of the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has just been released and JK Rowling has opened the door for a more diverse casting of Hermione.

South African Noma Dumezweni has been cast as the clever clogs, Hermione Granger – played by the English actress Emma Watson in the film series. Noma’s acted in plenty of films including alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in Dirty Pretty Things. Jamie Parker will star as Harry Potter whilst Paul Thornley will play Hermione’s partner, Ron Weasley.

Actors John Marquez and Noma Dumezweni attend the Chichester Theatre Season Launch © Getty Images

JK Rowling wrote the story with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years later, after the end of JK Rowling’s epic trilogy.

Author JK Rowling attends a photocall © Getty Images

The production sees the trio all grown up, dealing with middle-aged life (with a touch of magic of course). Work and family life come crashing together in the first-ever play production part of the trilogy. Can’t wait to see Olivier Award-winner Noma treading the boards.