Harry Potter-loving Twitter trolls against diversity are mobilized and downright livid over the casting choice for an upcoming play in London. A Black actress has been chosen as squad member, Hermione Granger, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Noma Dumezweni, a London-based Laurence Olivia Award-winning actress originally from Swaziland, will take on the roll of adult Hermione.
Though the character’s race isn’t explicit throughout the books (although some would disagree), White actress Emma Watson portrayed her in the Harry Potter flicks. Some fans wants to keep it racially consistent, but as Raw Story notes:
Many girls of color read Hermione to be black due to the descriptions of her hair as well. Color doesn’t change her character. Hermione is a strong, intelligent heroine that inspired a generation of young women to embrace their “bossy” side and see it more as strength and leadership. Hermione also overcame a lot of racism while at Hogwarts. The parallel is remarkable if you think about it. Due to being Muggle-born, Hermione was teased mercilessly and many refused to acknowledge her right to attend the school for wizards.
It is not surprising that racists lost their minds over the news spreading their hate tweets all over Twitter. These are just a small sample of the disgusting nonsense that flooded the internet.
Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has been criticized for the lack of diversity in her books, loves the new Hermione casting:
Hit the flip for the fans who are against it, and fan art of Hermione as a Black school girl.