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‘Harry Potter’ Author Under Fire for Casting Black Actress

By now all us Harry Potter fans know that J.K. Rowling is in the middle of production for her new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Recently, she released the names of the actors and actresses that will be playing Harry, Ron and, of course, Hermione.

A lot of Potter fans were not happy after Rowling released the name of the actress who is to play Hermione.

The actress that is set to play Hermione is named Noma Dumezweni and she is black.

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She is a British, South African born award winning actress, so she has the credentials and talent to get the job done, but a lot of fans can’t get past her race.

They were all under the impression that Hermione was white and, honestly, after spending over 10 years watching Emma Watson play her in the Harry Potter films, you can’t really blame them. They have gotten used to Hermione looking a certain way and seeing her with a darker skin tone doesn’t fit that vision.

But according to Rowling, she never specified the young wizard’s race.

“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione,” the author wrote on Twitter.

Personally, I love that a black actress as cast to play my favorite wizard. I love that Rowling is willing to take that plunge and try to break down the walls that people have created when it comes to race and ethnicity. Even though she is taking a lot of heat from people through Twitter, she clearly can handle it and I am happy to witness it.

I think that some people get so caught up on race that they have forgotten what Hermione represents. She was one of the best and brightest wizards in the series. She empowered all women, not just white women. She stands for more than race and skin tone. She is a hero to every woman walking this earth.

Tell me what you guys think. Are you ok with having a black actress play Hermione in this new production? Do you think it will take away or add to the production now that Hermione isn’t what everyone wants or expects?

Leave a comment and let me know. Lets start a conversation.

Lots of hugs and kisses,

Amira

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