Noma Dumezweni reacts to criticism over casting of a black Hermione Granger

The International Press and Media Group | Hermione Granger
  • By Penelope Vega


The actress cast to play Hermione Granger in the new Harry Potter stage show has hit back at fans who have criticised the decision based on her skin colour

Some people suggested they had a problem with Hermione “changing race” after Noma Dumezweni was given the role last month.

Emma Watson portrayed the character in the films, while covers of the books have shown Hermione as Caucasian.

“To say it’s not as it was intended is so unimaginative,” Dumezweni said.

“It stems from ignorance. They don’t want to be a part of the creative act,” Noma told the London’s Evening Standard.

“I don’t think they understand how theatre works. We’re here to heal you, make you smile and whisk you away. The only question we should ask is ‘Are they good?’ I’ve met great actors black and white and I’ve met bad actors black and white.”

At the time of the casting, fans said JK Rowling never explicitly referred to Hermione’s ethnicity in the books.

Emma Watson also lent her support to the actress shortly after the announcement was made, writing on Twitter:

Can’t wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year. ❤️ #2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has its first West End previews in June and will see Jamie Parker play an adult version of Harry and Paul Thornley portray Ron Weasley.