J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Racists Angry That Hermione Is Being Played By A Black Actress

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06.10.16 15 Comments
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Harry Potter, at least where the original books and movies are concerned, has been over forever. If you know anything about anything, though, it’s clear to see that the series will never be over. And with more books, movies, and plays in the works, it’ll be many years before fans have a dearth of material to obsess and fight over. One thing that’s not okay to question, however? The races of the characters in the series about boy wizards, literal dragons, and people who hide the lord of all evil on the back of their heads. J.K. Rowling made that very clear when people on Twitter came at her for “allowing” a black Hermione to be cast in the play.

This isn’t the first time that Rowling has slammed “idiots” for protesting the casting of Noma Dumezweni (a black woman) as adult Hermione in the upcoming The Cursed Child. In a recent interview, Rowling pointed out that Dumuzweni was the best actress for the job and that fans, no matter how devoted, don’t really get a say whether Hermione is white or black (again, in a universe where people talk to snakes and get sucked into diaries). The actress, Rowling said, had her full and enthusiastic blessing.

Of course, that wasn’t enough for people on the internet who don’t think of themselves as racists. So they continued tweeting at Rowling to let her know that “hey, it’s not really about race at all!” No, it’s about consistency with the movies. Interesting take, but even if there was a point, why should all things in the Harry Potter universe be consistent with the movies? And what about the books? Lots of things changed between that and the movie! Are we just going to freak out about that, too? Nope. Because any protest about Dumezweni’s casting is racist. And anyone who believes that there’s no way a black woman could have been the best actress for the job is exhubiting racist attitudes, whether they like it or not.

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