J.K. Rowling defends casting of black Hermione in new play

J.K. Rowling defends casting of black Hermione in new play

Rowling has been criticised for attempting to retroactively infuse diversity into the Harry Potter universe.

The casting isn't a huge leap for some die-hard Potter fans, who have depicted Hermione as black for years in illustrations and other fan art.

This time, Harry Potter fans have their panties in a bunch over the casting of Hermione in the upcoming stage play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. In the book series, there is never a specific mention of Hermione's race - only her "bushy" hair, large front teeth, and knack for being a know-it-all. "Rowling loves black Hermione", Rowling shot back on Twitter.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was written by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. A Harry Potter film prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be released in November 2016. Her skin-tone and ethnicity are never specified.

Rowling commented on how excited she was about the new casting, saying she couldn't wait to see Parker, Dumezweni and Thornley bring the characters to life next summer.

The play is set 19 years after the events of her seventh book, The Deathly Hallows.

For many Harry Potter fans the "canon" or the wizarding world which Rowling has created is all-important, with long online discussions still ongoing, nearly a decade after the publication of the final book.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will follow Harry and his middle child Albus Severus as he struggles to cope with his family's legacy at Hogwarts. Her Olivier Award for Best Performance in Supporting Role came when she played Ruth Younger in "A Raisin In The Sun". And the father and the son learn an uncomfortable truth that sometimes darkness comes from the most unexpected places.

According to Pottermore, British stage actors Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will play the series' middle-aged versions of Harry, Hermoine, and Ron, respectively.

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