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