J.K. Rowling Never Said Hermione Was White In The First Place

Cierra Bailey
Fans may not know how to feel about adult Hermione Granger being played by a black woman, but J.K. Rowling is totally on board.

As most who grew up watching Harry Potter movies will recall, the intelligent, quick-witted role of Hermione Granger was played by British actress and feminist crusader, Emma Watson.

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.

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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. 

Based on the Twitter reactions, it would seem that non-readers are mostly the ones complaining and the book fans are pretty ecstatic!

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.

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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. 

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