Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling responds to HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD casting hate brilliantly!
J.K. Rowling is fighting back against ignorant comments regarding the casting of Noma Dumezweni– an experienced, award-winning actress who is also black– as beloved Harry Potter character Hermione Granger in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
There were some racist remarks made just after Dumezweni’s casting was announced, but it exploded in the rather disturbing fashion when the play’s first Granger-Weasley family portrait was released last week.
In an interview with The Guardian, Rowling said she figured that “idiots were going to idiot” but also said “what shocked me was the way people couldn’t visualise a non-white person as the hero of a story.”
Hermione was indeed played by a white actress, Emma Watson, in the films, but Rowling has repeatedly mentioned that she never specified Hermione’s race in the books. She even pointed out how some more adamant haters have tried to prove their argument by blatantly misconstruing text from Prisoner of Azkaban, where she refers to Hermione having a “white face” when she’s in shock. It’s a poor argument, but one that’s seen frequently.
“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – 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,” Rowling said. “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.”
And we’re right there with J.K. Rowling! Fans are being given a beautiful continuation of the stories we love in an exciting new format starring celebrated talents. If you can’t appreciate that because you’re too caught up on the physical appearance of the character being different than something you previously assumed– in the famous words of Ron Weasley– You NEED to sort out your priorities!
Previews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin tonight in London’s West End.