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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.

See photos from the production below…

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Harry Potter's Draco Malfoy & Son Scorpius Star in New 'Cursed Child' Photos!

Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius are featured in these new photos from the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

The characters are played by Alex Price and Anthony Boyle, respectively.

“He’s wearing the official Hogwarts uniform before you go and get sorted into your house. He’s a Malfoy so his clothes should be really expensive but quite constraining to make him feel a bit awkward,” author and playwright J.K. Rowling said about Scorpius.

She also added, “I’ve got a feeling Scorpius is going to do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men.”

If you missed it, see the photos of Harry and his BFF’s Ron and Hermione!

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Harry Potter's BFFs Ron & Hermoine Pictured in New 'Cursed Child' Photos!

See the new set of photos, this time featuring grown up Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger with their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, from the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

The beloved characters are portrayed by Paul Thornley (Ron), Noma Dumezweni (Hermoine), and Cherrelle Skeete (Rose Granger-Weasley).

“Rose is like her mother, but more secure, more grounded. She was born to wizards and knows her place in the world. Cherrelle plays her perfectly: bossy but deeply loveable,” author J.K. Rowling said on the new character.

“Ron in his forties isn’t very different from Ron in his teens, except that his feet hurt a bit more. Paul’s so funny and brilliant in the role,” J.K. added, stating about Noma playing Hermoine: “I saw Noma workshop the part and when John Tiffany told me he’d cast her, I was overjoyed. She gets Hermione inside out.”

If you missed it, see the photos of Harry Potter and his family from the stage play!

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Harry Potter Is All Grown Up in First 'Cursed Child' Photos

The grown-up versions of Harry Potter, Albus Potter, and Ginny Weasley are pictured in the first official photos from the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Jamie Parker, Sam Clemmett, and Poppy Miller play the respective roles in the eighth story in the beloved franchise.

“He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right,” author and playwright J.K. Rowling said about the older version of the wizard.

“There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better,” Rowling said about the actor playing Harry’s son.

“I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy‘s Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her,” she added about the older version of the Weasley sister.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins performances in London on June 7!

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Vanessa Hudgens & Tom Felton Hit Up 'Wizard World of Harry Potter' Grand Opening

Vanessa Hudgens goes for a casual look while arriving at the Universal Studios’ “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Grand Opening held at Universal Studios Hollywood on Tuesday night (April 5) in Universal City, Calif.

The 27-year-old actress met up with Darren Criss inside the event, as well as some of the cast including Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, and James and Oliver Phelps, along with composer John Williams.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Vanessa Hudgens

“Nice new addition to the LA skyline don’t you think? #hogwartscomestohollywood #wheresmybutterbeer #gs7camerarules,” James shared on Instagram during the night of events.

Vanessa is also pictured below running errands the day before.

25+ pictures inside of the Harry Potter cast at the grand opening event… More Here! »

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J.K. Rowling Reveals 'History of Magic in North America' Titles & Themes

J.K. Rowling has revealed the titles of her upcoming Pottermore series on the magical history of North America!

A new installment will be released on the site each day March 9-11 at 9 a.m. EST, EW reports.

“Seventeenth Century and Beyond” will debut Wednesday (March 9) and covers the Salem witch trials, explaining why being a witch or wizard is more dangerous in North America than it is in Europe.

“Rappaport’s Law” debuts Thursday (March 10) and discusses strict laws about wizarding secrecy in the 18th century.

“1920s Wizarding America” debuts Friday (March 11) and tells the story of “the American makers of the finest wizarding implements.”

Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling Releasing Four Stories Detailing North American Wizarding World!

J.K. Rowling is releasing four stories on Pottermore to introduce fans to the North American Harry Potter world before the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

The famed author of the “Harry Potter” series will release “History of Magic in North America” in four installments and introduce fans to the wizard school in the US Ilvermorny, Skin-walkers, the Salem witch trials, the US version of the Ministry of Magic, called the Magical Congress of the United States of America, and more!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on November 18.

The first written piece will be revealed on Pottermore on Tuesday (March 8), so stay tuned!

Watch a preview video from EW below…

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