JK Rowling Approves Casting Hermoine Granger As A Black Woman
Famed author JK Rowling recently approved the casting of a black actress as Hermione Granger in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which the author has confirmed is the official eighth story in the series according to ABC AU reports:
Actress Noma Dumezweni, 46, was cast alongside Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, who married Hermione at the end of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The play will show the one-time boy wizard as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, with three school-age children.
Hermione was played in all Harry Potter movies by Emma Watson, and debate over the character’s ethnicity began soon after the stage cast was announced.
Dumezweni, who won an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for A Raisin in the Sun in 2006, was born in Swaziland to South African parents.
Numerous Twitter users asked why Hermione was cast as black, and some questioned the credibility of the play.
Other fans said that the play follows the books and not the movies, and that Hermione’s skin colour is never established in any of the books.
Although some Twitter users argued that the books contain references to Hermione tanning, flushing or going pale, others replied that none of those things are impossible for people with darker skin.
Some racist fans took to social media to proclaim that the fictional character was indeed a white girl: