On the New Hermione Granger Casting

harry potter & cursed childThe main roles for the upcoming stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, have been announced, and the Internet has erupted into a furor over the casting of Noma Dumezweni (a British actress of African descent) as Hermione Granger. Fortunately, almost everything I’ve seen about this casting has been overwhelmingly positive, but I know that lurking out there on the uncharted waves of Twitter, and Reddit, and 4Chan, the racists are frothing.

So in honor of this momentous casting event, and in defiance of the racists who aver that Hermione Granger cannot possibly be black, here are some of my favorite links on the subject.

Alanna Bennett’s groundbreaking article on the importance of a “racebent” Hermione Granger.

Sam Ferrante on how the casting of Hermione finally mirrors the personal headcanon of so many Potterheads.

The Rowling Library on how there’s no earthly reason not to cast Hermione as a black woman.

Stephen Bush on how Hermione has always been black.

Chitra Ramaswamy on how the new casting of Hermione challenges the default assumption that fictional characters are white.

J.K. Rowling defends the casting of Hermione Granger as a black woman.

And finally: Meet Noma Dumezweni.

Between this casting announcement and the new Star Wars, December is shaping up to be a great month for representation. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year…

(PS: Suck it, racist haters.)


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