J.K. Rowling is opening up about the decision to have a black actress portray Hermoine Granger in the upcoming play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. The famed author said that she witnessed quite a bit of negativity following the announcement that actress Noma Dumezweni would take on the role, this according to The Guardian.
“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot. But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job,” said Rowling, referring to the complainers as a “bunch of racists.”
J.K. Rowling said that she took a lot of heat after fans complained that a black Hermoine just didn’t make much sense based on Rowling’s own writing.
“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost colour 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,” Rowling said.
Although fans are excited for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, there has been a great deal of debate about Hermoine’s casting. It’s something that J.K. Rowling maintains doesn’t have to be a race thing. She says that she never refers to Hermoine’s skin color and that she’s happy to have any race play the role — as long as the role fits the actor.
Noma is an award-winning actress and will likely make a wondering Hermoine Granger. Thoughts?