Hermione Granger is all about speaking her mind and standing up to injustice, and actress Noma Dumezweni embodied those traits on the red carpet last night (June 10) as she explicitly said that Donald Trump is not welcome at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway.
When asked by Variety on the Tony Awards red carpet if the President should come see the play, she defiantly said: “No,” before turning away from the mic, returning to add: “Anybody else, yes!”
The theatrical spin-off from JK Rowling’s mega-franchise was nominated for 10 awards, winning six of them last night, including Best Play, Direction and multiple awards for design.
When asked why she thinks it has resonated so much with people, Dumezweni replied: “We, all as human beings, are fighting to be connected. If you’re not seen and not heard, that’s where dangerous stuff happens. That’s where people under the radar do very cruel things.
“This is what JK has always been about. Let the darkness out into the light.”
Trump hasn’t tweeted about her comments yet, but we’re sure he’ll call them ‘SAD!’ soon enough.
Elsewhere in the world of Potter-related spin-offs, the mobile game Hogwarts Mystery was heavily criticised for how frequently it demanded players to cough up real money, and for combining that with the image of the player character (a child) being strangled.
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