Actress in Harry Potter on Broadway: Trump should not come see the show

Actress in Harry Potter on Broadway: Trump should not come see the show
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One of the stars of Broadway's new hit, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," does not want President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE to see the show.

"No," Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione, responded Sunday night when asked during the 2018 Tony Awards' red carpet ceremony if Trump should see the two-part stage play.

“Anybody else, yes," she added. 

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Since his election in 2016, some Harry Potter fans have compared Trump to Lord Voldemort, the notorious villain in J.K. Rowling's renowned series. And while the play is not overtly political, Dumezweni said there are moments in the show that resonate with current events.  

“I really do believe that’s why it’s resonating at the moment,” she said. “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.”

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is set 19 years after the seventh installment of Rowling's series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Dumezweni added that the play utilizes themes that are "very important" right now.

"It's about bringing things into the light, letting your light shine. This is what J.K. has always been about. Let the darkness out into the light. That’s why I’m very proud to be here telling this story right now."

Broadway stars have sent strong messages to Trump and his administration in recent years. The cast of "Hamilton" in 2016 delivered a message to then-Vice President-elect Pence to uphold the nation's values after a show he attended. 

In addition to Dumezweni, actor Robert De Niro used his platform at the Tony Awards on Sunday to denounce Trump. De Niro repeatedly said "F--- Trump" while speaking on stage, which spawned a standing ovation from the audience.