If anyone has a problem with a black actress playing Hermione in the upcoming West End play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” J.K. Rowling wants them to know that they read all of her books wrong.
“White skin was never specified,” the author tweeted on Monday in response to those wondering why Noma Dumezweni was cast to play the grown-up version of a character previously portrayed by white actress Emma Watson in Warner Bros.’ blockbuster franchise.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ???? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Hogwarts student Neville in the films, also addressed any concerns from fans.
And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don't care. Good luck to her. https://t.co/0JNjK3Pe0V
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) December 21, 2015
Additionally, the play announced on Sunday that Jamie Parker will star as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley. See a picture of cast below.
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) December 21, 2015