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J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Black Actress Playing Hermione

J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Black Actress Playing Hermione

J.K. Rowling has taken to her Twitter account to defend the casting of a black actress in the role of Hermione Granger in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

English actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as an adult Hermione in the play, which will be the eighth story in the franchise.

“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione,” the author and playwright tweeted.

J.K. also sent some love to fans who praised the casting of Noma.

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  • VanityInsecurity

    What do you expect Rowling to say? PPL can be so dense. But in all fairness, if the roles where reversed black ppl would have a fit over a white actress playing Hermione.

  • j b

    Nobody cares about J.K. Rowling anymore anyway. It is quite obvious that she is desperate for money. Since she doesn’t care about who was cast as one of her main characters too.

  • FerCat

    So, the HP movies were white washed all along.

  • LaCroix

    Why does more diversity always equates to hiring black actors/actresses for parts? The HP series never even had not one Hispanic person .. Why not hiring a Hispanic Hermione? I am sure there are many in England.

  • AeeJay

    She claims to have never specified that Hermione was white but she sure has drawn her that way!!! She’s a liar! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/91/d4/4b/91d44bfeac5d8434d734724f0be286f9.jpg

  • j k

    Desperate to add a million to her billions? Nah

  • LaCroix

    all of her drawings of Hermione have been white, but now she wants to claim that she never has.. what a slap in the face to all her fans.

  • Curt Noydb

    Talk about sticking it to the fans… All of the Star Trek remakes still have Spock as a Vulcan and male. Guess MS. Rowling is truing to appease the crowd but fan loyalty destroyed cannot be rekindled.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    this is a stupid argument … do we not have more important things to be fake outraged about???

  • Ricardo Alexandre Ruiz

    IF HERMIONE GRANGER WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE WHITE IN THE FIRST PLACE, WHY DID SHE CAST EMMA WATSON IN THE MOVIES TO PLAY HER? IT’S NOT ABOUT A BLACK ACTRESS PLAYING ADULT HERMIONE. IT’S ABOUT STAYING TRUE TO THE STORY SHE CREATED. WHAT A HYPOCRITE.

  • Ricardo Alexandre Ruiz

    agree 100%

  • jsdnkjdnf

    It’s a PLAY, you dim-witted, narrow-minded fools. There’s no reason the characters would be limited to a particular race.

  • LaCroix

    She has specified Hermione being white.. or do black people faces turn white for some odd reason? https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/10296445_1113398188672916_8781429230888986620_o.jpg LOL!!!! JK Rowling is a damn liar!

  • Wendy

    She never specified either ethnicity, is what she is saying.

  • Wendy

    Omfg everyone gets so upset about everything these days. WHO CARES what color they are? Jesus, there are worse things happening in the world than a black actress playing Hermione.

  • FerCat

    Turns out to be just as bad as ‘Aloha’. The Emma’s should be ashamed taking jobs away from minorities.

  • Gina

    SHE CAST EMMA BECAUSE SHE WAS GOOD FOR THE ROLE, NOT BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HER SKIN, YOU IDIOT. WHITE SKIN WAS NOT THE CRITERIA. SAVE YOUR RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION FOR ISSUES THAT REALLY MATTER.

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  • Chi

    I’m gonna take a stab here and say that she probably doesn’t give two cents about whether you are still a fan of hers or not. Neither do I, get a hobby!

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