Harry Potter fans have been rather amused over the announcement of a black Hermione in an upcoming play.
In a report by The Daily Telegraph, award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni was revealed to be among the leading trio in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Jamie Parker, 36, will play Harry Potter and Paul Thornley, 40, will portray Ron Weasley.
The fans took to Twitter and Facebook to share their contrasting views on the announcement, while the cast members of the original series have fully supported the announcement, including none other than J.K Rowling herself.
Moments after the appointment, Rowling took to Twitter to say “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ”
Emma Watson, who played the white Harry Potter in all the films also expressed her support for the appointment. She retweeted Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the original films), who pointed out that his character was actually blond in the first place.
And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don’t care. Good luck to her. https://t.co/0JNjK3Pe0V
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) December 21, 2015
Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the films was next to come to Noma’s defense.
Tbh new Hermione is black, Harry looks like Ron, when I was cast ppl complained about my HAIR & it is people’s❤️ NOT their looks that matter
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) December 21, 2015
In another article by The Daily Telegraph, a background of Harry Potter and the Curse Child is provided The website states that the play is based on a story recreated by J.K. Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.
The two-part untold eighth installment is set at a time when Harry is a married, a father-of-three and surprisingly, an overlooked employee of the Ministry of Magic. The story focuses on the struggles of his son Albus Severus, while he tries to “with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.”