Sunday 4 December 2016

'Bunch of racists' - JK Rowling slams Harry Potter critics who say Hermione 'can't be black'

Published 06/06/2016 | 08:29

Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

JK Rowling has lashed out at critics who have complained about her casting a black actress in the role of Hermione in Harry Potter's latest play.

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' has sold over 175,000 tickets in just 24 hours - but not everyone is looking forward to the show hitting the stage.

Author Rowling has been criticised for casting Noma Dumezweni to play the part of Harry Potter's friend and sidekick, Hermione.

But the author has hit back, describing her critics as a "bunch of racists".

"With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot," Rowling told The Observer.

"But what can you say? That’s the way the world is.

"I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost colour from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, that I have a great deal of difficulty with," she continued.

"I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm."

Fans and critics alike are debating the move online.

Critics went straight to their shelves to try and prove that Hermione was white all along.

A first look at the new Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Rose Granger-Weasley in the stage play (Charlie Gray/PCharlie Gray/PA)
A first look at the new Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Rose Granger-Weasley in the stage play (Charlie Gray/PCharlie Gray/PA)

"Hermione is NOT black, and I'm not being racist... ," one tweeted, sharing a photograph of a line that reads, "Hermione turned white from shock".

However, another made the point; "JK Rowling created a story about a boy wizard invited to a magic school by an owl postman, yet people kick off over a black Hermione".

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