If you have yet to hear of J.K. Rowling’s new addition to the Harry Potter family of books and movies: the stage play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, then I am guessing you also have yet to hear the casting news that has some less than favorable Potter fans up in arms.
The new play will be a continuation of the books where we see Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Heromine 19-years later and their children are off to their first year of Hogwartz. This was getting fans excited and ready to see the next big adventure in store for Harry, Ron, and Heromine, but when the cast list went public, some fans were caught off guard by who had been cast as Hermione.
Noma Dumezweni an Olivier-Award-wining actress was cast in the titular role of Hermione. An actress of amazing talent, she is very qualified to bring the character to life. It seems that some fans don’t feel the same way though. There was backlash from a minority of fans who were upset because they felt Hermione should always be portrayed by a white actress.
Upset fans attacked J.K. Rowling and the producers for the play through Twitter, Tumblr, and many other forms of social media. The immediate response from J.K. Rowling was well done and hit the nail right on the head.
The terrible backlash has yet to truly cease though and it has caused Rowling to speak more thoroughly to
“With my experience of social media, I thought that 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.”
“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. 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.”
It seems that then world renowned author has had enough of the “racists” complaining about characters that she herself made.
Some fans seem to be confused as to why Hermione was white in the movie, but will not be black for the live show. What fans need to remember is that The Cursed Child is a continuation of the book NOT the movies.
I couldn’t care less what race any of the actors were, whoever the best actor/actress is should always get the role no matter what the source material says. I am glad Rowling is standing up to her detractors and I cannot wait for this new story.
I was only truly upset that they didn’t cast a red head for Ron!
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will open in the Palace Theatre in July of this year.