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However, while most fans are understandably delighted that a trio of experienced stage actors are taking on the huge task of playing older versions of the much-loved characters, some Twitter users have got themselves in a right old tizz over the fact Noma, a black actress, is portraying Hermione Granger.
Y’know, because *obviously* the casting director should have found a star, who looks as much like Emma Watson as possible.
@xginnyx I stand by what I said, as it's true. I don't know why Rowling suddenly decided to change Hermione's race for this play.— Nicola Ross (@RamblingZebra) December 21, 2015
Hermione is white. Im not racist but HERMIONE IS WHITE— starfish ✨ (@t24jade) December 21, 2015
@RadioTimes so how exactly are they going to explain how Hermione suddenly changed ethnicity? Confused much! 😐— Scott Cartwright (@TheSTCartwright) December 21, 2015
If Hermione was black in the first place there wouldn't be a problem, but she's white so stick to it— ka ⠗im (@FENTYCORP) December 21, 2015
Despite the protestations that JK Rowling created a white character, at no point in the books does the author explicitly state Hermione’s ethnicity.
As Buzzfeed points out, the closest Jo comes to doing so is in ‘Prisoner Of Azkaban’, when she writes:
“They were there, both of them, sitting outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor — Ron looking incredibly freckly, Hermione very brown, both waving frantically at him.”
Thankfully, most people have been far more sensible (and excited):
THEY CAST A BLACK HERMIONE???? *BURSTS INTO BLACK GIRL MAGIC TEARS* https://t.co/QH7Jonsw5W— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 20, 2015
black hermione is so pretty i srsly can't wait— josh ☾ (@J0SHUAFERM0) December 21, 2015
Struggling to remember when #Hermione was assigned a race in the books. She's a character in a book. Not a historical figure. Get over it— Scott Johnson (@scottiej24) December 21, 2015
‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ will run as two separate plays, arriving in the West End next year.
The project will pick up where the final book left off, exploring what Harry, Ron and Hermione are up to as adults.
Find out more information, including how to get tickets, here.