For whatever reason, some pockets of the Harry Potter fanbase are struggling with the news that in the upcoming theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, adult Hermione will be played by a black woman.
The news that Noma Dumezweni would portray Miss Granger was greeted with a mixed reaction online.
Not one to shy away from any debate revolving around her globally successful story, J.K. Rowling has weighed in with her thoughts on the matter.
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
Pretty conclusive, and many fans have proclaimed their appreciation of the author’s unprejudiced response to the casting.
— Shaun Browne (@shaun_402) December 22, 2015
— Aaron Kv-L (@bozeman42) December 22, 2015
@jk_rowling I just started to sob. I spent last night reading horrible comments about the casting from so-called fans. Thank you for this.
— Fe5e-3PO (@theefefe) December 21, 2015
Some have argued against Rowling’s explanation, citing that she does specify Hermione’s race.
— Martirosyan (@martiros_yan) December 21, 2015
Thankfully large swathes of people aren’t as immovable and have imaginations capable of accepting interpretation as a major factor within any piece of literature.
Many even took the opportunity to voice their own thoughts on how characters from the beloved books could in fact be from other ethnic backgrounds.
Hi @jk_rowling Black Hermione is cool but could we talk about "Hamid" Potter ?Because i truly think Harry is Moroccan and Real name is Hamid
— Sebastien-Abdelhamid (@SAbdelhamid) December 21, 2015
— Karthik TMuthu (@KarthikTmuthu) December 22, 2015
— fer (@jamespottwr) December 22, 2015
— hermione granger (@thepaperframes) December 21, 2015
— Snehadeep Kayet (@SnehadeepKayet) December 22, 2015
Good old J.K. even joined in to critique the suggestions.
I *love* Rohan Sharma! https://t.co/FilD0PdVnC
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 22, 2015
The creators of these suggestions should probably take a bow.
— seye isikalu (@byisikalu) December 22, 2015
If you aren’t allowed to escape inside your own imagination with a story like Harry Potter then when can you?
I for one could definitely see Morgan Freeman taking on the part of Dumbledore.