'Black Hermione' Backlash Proves Outrage Is About Race, Not Canon
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The producers of the hotly anticipated play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” following Harry and his two best friends in adulthood, announced Monday that the lead female role of Hermione Granger would be played by a black actress, Noma Dumezweni.
The announcement drew angry outcry from certain fans, who viewed Hermione as a white character in the books. “Ghostbusters with all women? Hermione turned black? Why? Can't we just leave good casting alone?” tweeted one, apparently baffled, observer.
In the blockbuster series of “Harry Potter” movies, Hermione was portrayed by actress Emma Watson, the very picture of the classic, pale-skinned English rose. But that in itself doesn’t mean the canonical character was necessarily a white girl.
In the Harry Potter books, Hermione Granger is described as having brown eyes, bushy brown hair, and an air of obnoxious self-confidence. (And, initially,
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