Not once in the entire Harry Potter series does Rowling acknowledge Hermoine’s skin color. Not even a little. Of course, when I read it, I imagined this little know-it-all white girl because I’m white living in a nearly all white community. But, others saw something different and it’s causing quite a stir now.
Casting for “Harry Potter and the Curse Child” placed Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermoine Granger. Some folks are outraged, claiming that Hermoine was and always will be a white girl. The true fans, on the other hand, aren’t so shocked. Twitter Queen, Rowling herself posted in Twitter that she only specified brown eyes and frizzy hair. She’s down with our new Hermoine. Rowling has seen Dumezweni in action and proclaimed that she was perfect for the role.
And I think I’m loving this as well. Fan art is popping up here and there. Perhaps it was inspired by the new casting, but a hunch tells me that it was always there. This new Hermoine is beautiful as she tried to tame her frizzy hair or worries about their possible expulsion.
White or Black, Hermoine doesn’t change. She’s still the muggle-born girl, afraid to lose her new place in such a magical world, that we all grew to love. She’s still insanely smart and fiercely loyal. Emma Watson did an excellent job of portraying her on the screen, becoming a role model on and off the screen. With Rolwing’s blessing, Dumezweni will do just the same on the stage.