Last week, we got the first glimpse of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast all dressed up in their wizard robes, looking ready to head to Hogwarts. And let’s just say, they are absolutely perfect.
But, as we could have anticipated (but desperately hoped wouldn’t be the case) the less inclusive side of the internet had a little something to say about the Hermione casting in particular. Noma Dumezweni is an Olivier Award-winning actress, but apparently some people are having difficulty imagining her in the role Emma Watson once played. Yes, we can all acknowledge that Emma is flawless, but sorry guys, she isn’t the source material. The source material is the books which–as J.K. Rowling herself has said–never specified a specific race for 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
Well, would you look at that.
Rowling spoke to the Observer this weekend about the backlash against the new Hermione and she is so done with the internet hate.
‘With my experience with social media, I thought the 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.’ Noma Dumezweni has the blessing of J.K. Rowling, what more could we possibly want?
‘I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ [in the book] – 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.’
So once again, J.K. Rowling proves to all of us what a blessing to this planet she is. You just keep doing you, Jo.