June 20, 2016


'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child''s Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) Responds to Racist Backlash

via Pottermore.com
via Pottermore.com

Racism still frustratingly runs rampant worldwide, and the latest bout of ignorance is targeted at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Noma Dumezweni. The black actress (who plays the adult Hermione Granger) has been on the receiving end of racist social media comments, and now she is speaking out about it.

In an interview with The Sunday Times [via Digital Spy], she said "My name is being tagged into stuff that's not nice, that's not nice." Dumezweni continued:

"It's ignorance. It drives me crazy. It's a limitation. Because this is absolutely a different form. Honey, I'm not stupid, it's a great story. I am a black woman who has been given this character called Hermione to play on the stage. But actually, we've all grown up with the books, with Emma Watson playing her in the films. Imagery is so strong."

Earlier this month, J.K. Rowling also shut down critics angry over the casting choice. The novelist stated:

“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot. But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will officially open at the Palace Theatre London on July 30 (it's currently in previews now) and runs through May 2017, with the script being released via Scholastic worldwide on July 31.