Black fans of Harry Potter are rejoicing after new casting news for the Potter play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. For years, fan art of Hermione Granger, originally played by Emma Watson, has depicted Granger as a young black girl.
And now they have their wish.
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) December 20, 2015
People on social media have been joyous and celebrating the casting:
People complaining about the new casting of Hermione: look at the books. Suddenly, that "Mudblood" slur has become even more meaningful…
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) December 21, 2015
Black Hermione is just the start. Then we coming for Lyra Belacqua. Lizzie Bennett, too. Maybe Jane Eyre. Watch. *cackles*
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) December 21, 2015
And even J.K. Rowling explained that she sees nothing wrong with it:
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
Here’s to the director of the play bringing some #BlackGirlMagic to Harry Potter!