Contact Us

J.K. Rowling Slams ‘Racist’ Responses to ‘Cursed Child’ Casting

Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images
Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images

When the cast for J.K. Rowling’s upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was first announced, certain fans were unhappy that a black woman would be playing the role of a grown-up Hermione Granger — despite the fact that Rowling never specified Hermione’s race in the books. The author has since responded to the minor backlash, and she’s not mincing words.

“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot,” she said in an interview with The Observer. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Nova was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”

And while Rowling says some dissenters tried to explain why they were upset about the casting, the author maintains their reasoning makes no sense.

“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost color from her face after a shock – that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with,” she continued. “But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”

The show’s director, John Tiffany, cast Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, and said he was surprised by the reactions he read on Twitter.

“I am not as Twitter-familiar as Jo and Jack, so I hadn’t encountered its dark side, which is just awful,” Tiffany said. “But what shocked me was the way people couldn’t visualize a non-white person as the hero of a story. It’s therefore brilliant that this has happened.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the book series’ end, and the plot will follow Harry’s youngest son, Albus, who “must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.”

Previews begin at the London Palace Theater on June 7 but will officially open to the public on July 30.

Next: 'Harry Potter + the Cursed Child' Cast Photos: See What They Look Like

Best of 98.7 WFGR

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for WFGR VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WFGR VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.