J.K. Rowling Defends Casting Black Actress as Hermione in 'Harry Potter' Play

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"Rowling loves black Hermione," the author tweeted with a kissing emoji.

The just-announced news of the casting of grown-up versions of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contained one surprise: Hermione would be played by a black actress, Noma Dumezweni.

Predictably (and sadly), the news brought out the worst in some fans, who tweeted at Rowling some variation of the argument that Hermione is supposed to be white (some less polite than others).

In one tweet, Rowling ended the debate:

Period. End of debate.

Now fans can move on to more important questions like: Is Albus Potter the "Cursed Child" and who will play him on stage? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens in London on July 30. Previews begin in June.

Here is the basic plot synopsis: “While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places."