J.K. Rowling, the award winning creator of the Harry Potter series has hit out at “racist” critics of the decision to cast a black woman as Hermione in the much-anticipated Harry Potter play.

Olivier Award-winning actress, Noma Dumezweni is to play the role, performed by Emma Watson in the film adaptions, which triggered an online backlash because of her race.

Rowling told The Observer: “I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost colour 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.”

The author was speaking ahead of the first performance of the two-part West End play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


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