Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni is playing Hermione in the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and although you would think that people would be happy that an accomplished and qualified actress will be stepping into the role, racists everywhere are whining that only a white woman should be playing the part. J.K. Rowling discussed the controversy surrounding the casting in a recent interview with The Guardian.
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. When John told me he’d cast her, I said, ‘Oh, that’s fabulous’ because I’d seen her in a workshop and she was fabulous.
She also expressed her enthusiasm for a black Hermione on her Twitter account when the casting was first announced, and is probably more exhausted having to defend the casting than you are having to read about it.
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
Internet trolls and racists are citing "continuity" as the source of their outrage, saying that because Emma Watson played Hermione in the film franchise, the play's creative team owes them a white Hermione.