We woke up this morning with a brand new Hermione Granger. Veteran stage actress, Noma Dumezweni, is going to play our book-smart
girl woman in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is set for July 2016 in London’s West End. The casting is an amazing choice, because not only is Dumezweni perfect for the role, but as a woman of color it brings some much-needed diversity to the Harry Potter series.
While some are taking issue with the choice (because, Internet), others are rightfully pointing out that nowhere in the books is it ever stated that Hermione is a white woman. While that may be the way she was depicted in the films and on the book jackets, that choice is not backed up by the text. J.K. Rowling herself was quick to point out that the only description of Hermione that’s canon — meaning, what is known as true, like how we all know Harry has a lightning bolt scar — is, “brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever.” Skin color never comes up.
Rowling then goes on to add that she “loves black Hermione,” and began retweeting some of her favorite fan art.
Other stars from the Harry Potter movies have been quick to point out that their own characters didn’t fit the descriptions from page to screen. Matthew Lewis reminded us that Neville is actually blonde in the books.
And Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, summed everything up perfectly with a statement we often forget: it’s what on the inside of a person that counts.
As for Emma Watson? Well she seems to echo her co-star’s sentiments retweeting what Matthew Lewis wrote.
Bottom line: This simply makes us even MORE excited for Cursed Child, and we weren’t even aware that was possible. Also, somehow we missed the whole thing about them being grown ups in the play? Totally awesome.
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