Viewers grew to know and love Watson as the female counterpart to Harry and Ron Weasley and as such associated the character with all of Watson’s features, including her skin.
Everything you once knew of Hermione is set to change in the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in which a black actress has been chosen to play the heroine for the first time.
The play focuses on the magical trio as middle-aged adults with Harry as “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children,” according to National Post.
Noma Dumezweni, known for her Olivier Award winning performance in A Raisin in the Sun, has a well-rounded background in both stage and film acting.
Although it comes as a shock to everyone who is used to seeing Hermione as white, the Harry Potter books never actually specified the character’s race.
However, a true fan who paid close attention to detail may have surmised that she was a race other than white considering she was described as having brown eyes and "frizzy" hair.
You can definitely tell those folks who were actually reading the books apart from those who only watched the movies.
If you're upset about Hermione being black in 'The Cursed Child,' then you missed the whole point of 'Harry Potter.'— karen steele (@karen_delight) December 21, 2015
I'm white so my brain tends to default to white, but Hermione as a POC is actually making me SUPER HAPPY cos it makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE ??— Roni B (@Gigglewhatsit) December 21, 2015
The 'controversy' over Noma Dumezweni being cast as Hermione reveals that, aside from being racists, a lotta folks don't get what theatre is— Kirsty Rolfe (@avoiding_bears) December 21, 2015
Based on the Twitter reactions, it would seem that non-readers are mostly the ones complaining and the book fans are pretty ecstatic!
The one and only Hermione is Emma Watson. ? Thank you very much. ?? @jk_rowling— Meg (@sweetx0love25) December 21, 2015
While racism may be involved, I think we'd be uncomfortable no matter who played Hermione. For us, Hermione is & always will be Emma Waston— Melanie Maslow (@MelmelMaslow16) December 21, 2015
Very obvious that @jk_rowling always thought of Hermione, daughter of two English dentists, as white. But lefties must have their token.— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) December 21, 2015
The above Tweet is probably one of the most ignorant. An English black girl cannot be the daughter of two dentists? There's All kinds of stereotype and prejudice oozing from those statements.
Regardless of how fans feel, the person whose opinion REALLY matters spoke out in favor of the switch-up.
Series author J.K. Rowling publicly put her stamp of approval on the casting choice with a supportive tweet complete with a “kissy face” emoji.
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
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