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JK Rowling Defends Black Hermione Calling Critics 'Bunch of Racists'

JK Rowling is defending the decision to cast black actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in the upcoming London stage play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.

"With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot," she tells The Observer.

"But what can you say? That's the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job."

The character was played by Emma Watson (photosEmma Watson photos) in the films.

"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."

"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."

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is set 19 years after the end of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. It focuses on Harry Potter as a father of three and an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic."

After the casting a few months ago, Rowling said she was completely on board.

"Cannon: Brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified," she said.

Preview performances start on July 7 with a novel of the script set for release on July 31.

June 6, 2016 |

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