The upcoming “Harry Potter” stage play sequel that is set to open at the Palace Theatre in London next year has cast Noma Dumezweni, a black actress, to play the role of adult Hermione Granger.
In the films, Hermione has always been depicted by the very white Emma Watson, despite Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling never specifying the character’s skin color in the books.
As expected, people freaked out over the change.
HERMIONE ISN'T BLACK pic.twitter.com/WRcR1kl5nc
— Beneficial Cucumber (@Tiaarr) December 21, 2015
Make white characters black just to be politically correct is pathetic.
Make new art, don't recycle old one. #Hermione
— Gianluca Fiore (@Gianlucadfiore) December 21, 2015
J.K Rowling herself took to Twitter to DEFEND the casting, insisting she never specified Hermione’s skin tone and adding that she ‘loves’ 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