It’s 2016 And J.K. Rowling Still Has To Address Casting Of Black Woman In ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’
As most fans of Harry Potter are aware, the boy wizard is getting a much-desired sequel to his adventures detailed in J.K. Rowling‘s seven book series. This sequel finds Harry 19 years older and will be delivered in a bit of a different format than the previous entries. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be presented as a stage play at The Palace Theatre in London before the script is made available in published form. Another change difference that has some ridiculous fans reeling and incensed is that a black woman, Noma Dumezweni (Doctor Who), has been cast as Hermione Granger.
Nerds can be a demanding audience, often insisting that the original intent for characters and artistic freedom for the creators be honored at all times, as long as that doesn’t translate to a historically white character being cast with a black actor. When that happens, all respect for the creator and artistic intent goes out the window. Despite Rowling saying that there’s absolutely no reason Hermione can’t be black and that “Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job,” many comment sections are filled with Harry Potter fans bemoaning the casting choice on the basis of the actress’ skin color. Rowling went on to say:
“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.”
Still, people complain. Well, as Rowling said, “idiots are going to idiot.”
The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open on July 30th. The script will be made available for purchase on July 31st.
What do you think about the casting of Hermione? Are you excited for a new Harry Potter installment?
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