The Harry Potter world is still alive and kicking. The last movie came out in 2011, the last book was published in 2007, and yet the fans refuse to let it go.
Brace yourself for the eighth installment of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, coming to the London stage soon. JK Rowling herself wrote the story for the play, set many years after Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows. This time around Harry is married with three kids and works for the Ministry of Magic
The cast for the new play has been announced and Noma Dumezweni, an award winning actress born in Swaziland with more than a dozen London productions under her belt is the new Hermione.
I love love LOVE the new Hermione, Harry, and Ron casting for the Harry Potter stage play! pic.twitter.com/zc6Kg00fXu
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) December 21, 2015
But wait, isn’t Hermione white? Well, Hermione’s race was never specified in the books, most descriptions of her centered on her unmanageable hair. Yes, Hermione was portrayed by the white Emma Watson in the movies, but JK Rowling herself is behind this casting:
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
Rowling wasn’t the only one loved the casting:
— Diya Mishra (@thedimishra) December 21, 2015
— Nefer Titty (@aghanaiangirl) December 21, 2015
I'm so happy that we have a black woman playing Hermione in #CursedChild. Have seen Noma Dumezweni in a couple of plays and she is GLORIOUS.
— amy (@acharlottew) December 21, 2015
the casting of a black actor as Hermione in the new play in London makes my heart skip a beat! So happy! pic.twitter.com/31kwTXtGfM
— A.X (@aaalisson) December 21, 2015
This one is my favorite though:
100% into Hermione being black. If you're white & mad about it, remember we've been pretending Jesus is white for centuries #HermioneIsBlack
— Julia Rosenzweig (@juuulia) December 21, 2015
As you can see a by some of the above fan art, lot of fans had already cast Hermione as black or mixed in their heads. It’s pretty obvious that this casting has real meaning to a lot of people, and it means even more that Rowling is firmly behind it.
Yeah, there are people out there who aren’t crazy about this casting, I’m going to ignore them for now and focus on the positive. You can probably guess what they are saying anyway.