People Are Mad That a Black Actress Is Hermione Granger in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
The casting announcement came on Monday (Dec. 21, 2015) when author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website revealed that Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, and Dumezweni have been cast as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione respectively in the theatrical production. Though Rowling even co-signed on the lineup, saying she’s “so excited with the choice of casting,” some so-called fans are pissed that Hermione is a woman of color.
Naturally, these people took to Twitter, the place where non-magical trolls hang, to express their anger that someone that isn’t white is playing their beloved character. In fact, some took their outrage to a new level by attempting to find passages specifying Hermione’s skin color, claiming that Rowling has been “bullied” to make Hermione into a black character and that having someone who isn’t white portray the character isn’t canon.
Sign of the times @jk_rowling felt bullied into such “forgetfulness” about her own creation. What’s wrong with Hermione being white?
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) December 21, 2015
#Hermione is a European white Briton and this is a political move.
— ChadRustle (@chad_rustle) December 21, 2015
— Shiv (@castintothesea) December 21, 2015
…of the Harry Potter books, why has Hermione, a described white character, been cast as black? It makes no sense.
— Dylan (@RandyGiles_) December 21, 2015
And what does Rowling, who dreamed up the character and created the Harry Potter series, think of all this? She loves having a black Hermione.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘 https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is considered as the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series and takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, the play is a new story penned in collaboration with Rowling herself. Previously, Hermione was portrayed by actress Emma Watson in the movies. She recently retweeted a note from former co-star Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, reading: