Internet trolls predictably lost their collective mind when it was announced that the part of Hermione Granger would be played by a Swaziland-born actress in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play in London.
According to the Telegraph, Oliver Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni will play a much older version of Granger in the play, which see the character, her husband Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley) and their friend Harry (Jamie Parker) taking on a new adventure as adults.
Fans of the books and the films have long since known about The Cursed Child, which is scheduled to open on July 30, 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London. However, the casting of the three primary characters was only just announced, and since Dumezweni is black and Emma Watson (who played Granger in the films) is white, the distinction has riled up the Internet’s usual suspects.
Author J.K. Rowling came out in defense of Dumezweni’s casting, noting that she never specified the character’s ethnicity in the books.
However, many combative readers posted scans of the same passage from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Trolls grabbed this and other tidbits from the books to defend against what they saw as the play’s ruining of the character. As always, more defenders than not came out to praise Dumezweni’s casting in The Cursed Child. That, or poke fun at the hoopla.
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