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J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Hermoine Casting for 'Harry Potter' Play: 'Bunch of Racists'

J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Hermoine Casting for 'Harry Potter' Play: 'Bunch of Racists'

J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, is opening up about the casting of Noma Dumezweni to play Hermoine in the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening in London next month.

“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot,” J.K. told The Guardian about casting the black actress to play the role. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”

“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ — that is, lost color from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with. But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm,” J.K. added.

“What shocked me was the way people couldn’t visualise a non-white person as the hero of a story. It’s therefore brilliant that this has happened,” director of the play John Tiffany said.

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  • Kaitlyn

    “What shocked me was the way people couldn’t visualise a non-white person as the hero of a story. It’s therefore brilliant that this has happened,” director of the play John Tiffany said.

    OH what a disgusting person. Nobody is saying a black person can’t be a hero. The problem is that he’s taking elements of a beloved character and changing things for no reason other than to instigate a selfish race argument.

    As we’ve learned with the Star Wars Prequels, you can’t mess with the joys of people’s childhood and then say its their fault for reacting.

  • VanityInsecurity

    I really wish she would stop labeling people as racist because they view Hermione as a white character.. & to be fair black people don’t turn white when they are shocked..

  • LaCroix

    this play will bomb.. let the story go already… stop trying to milk it for more money..

  • AeeJay

    Ok. So basically all the white people are just black people who are in shock?

  • Roscoe

    Sure, she is the best actress for the job – that’s if the job is to force race politics on people and then try to shame them for not accepting the cynical decision. Please.

  • Laura

    The only problem here is that the rest of the casting for the play look more or less like the characters from the movies, except for her. It is just weird for a viewer or a fan to see that change, that’s all. Nothing racist about it, JKR

  • FerCat

    The white-washing no one ever talks about. Emma was doing black face all along.

  • Cookiegal

    It’s such a shame that people have a FIT when a FICTIONAL character doesn’t look the way they think they should look. It is so stupid how people cannot open their miniscule minds to see that fictional characters can change appearances while keeping the behavior and spirit of the character in tact. There wasn’t a public outcry when white actors play other ethnicities Angelina Jolie (played an Afro-Cuban), Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, The main cast of the “The Last Airbender” (all of the characters are asian or native americans, not white). But God forbid a Hermoine or James Bond is Black! My goodness. It must be so hard to be white.

  • Bee

    Well to be fair, white people don’t turn “white” either. They go pale. I don’t know a single caucasian person who is actually white white. It’s just a description. And if that one sentence in the book is all they’re clinging to then maybe they should just give up, seeing as the writer herself has explained it away.
    I was surprised they cast Noma, but it hasn’t ruined my childhood. White people play brown/Asian characters all the time. The fact the color of skin (and only that) has upset so many people is just bizarre. I don’t think they’re being racist, but they’re definitely being melodramatic.

  • VanityInsecurity

    what I meant was white people lose color in their face when shocked & I know its an expression, but black people don’t at all. So I don’t think the expression is fair to say when talking about black people which makes me believe she had white Hermione in mind when writing her. And now that JK’s movies are over.. she wants to drop bombs on us calling fans out about being racist..

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