'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Star Noma Dumezweni Reacts To Hermione Granger Casting Controversy

New Hermione Actress Responds To Casting Criticism With Total Class

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' actress Noma Dumezweni has responded to the controversy surrounding her casting as Hermione Granger.


It was announced last month that Noma would be taking on the role, made famous in the 'Harry Potter' film series by Emma Watson, in a new stage production, taking place 19 years after the events of ‘The Deathly Hallows’.

Noma Dumezweni

However, some closed-minded fans criticised the decision to cast a black actress in the role, when she was depicted as white in the film series.

“I don’t think they understand how theatre works. We’re here to heal you, make you smile and whisk you away.

“The only question we should ask is ‘Are they good?’ I’ve met great actors black and white and I’ve met bad actors black and white,” she said.

The cast of 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child'

Emma previously lent her support to Noma following the announcement, publicly singing her praises on Twitter.

Alongside 13 heart emojis, Emma said: “Can't wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year.”

Author J.K. Rowling, who created the ‘Harry Potter’ series, insisted that Hermione’s race was never made explicit in her original book series.

“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione,” she tweeted.

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

Noma will be joined in the production by Jamie Parker and Paul Thornley as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley respectively.

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’, a story spread out over two separate plays, will arrive in London’s Palace Theatre in July, and will follow the adventures of of Harry and Ginny Weasley’s youngest son, Albus.

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