It was announced yesterday that Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni would take on the role made famous by Emma Watson.
Some fans messaged the author expressing confusion at a divergence from the Hermione they were used to seeing in the films and some made openly racist comments, but Rowling used her social media account to state that Hermione’s skin colour had never been specified in the books.
“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified.
"Rowling loves black Hermione,” she wrote, adding a kissing emoji at the end.
In a new imagining of Rowling’s wizarding trio — brought to life on screen by Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint — a middle-aged Hermione will be played by Dumezweni, while one of Alan Bennett’s original History Boys, Jamie Parker, is cast as an adult Harry Potter, with Paul Thornley playing Ron Weasley.
The Cursed Child will focus on Harry — now an “overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children” — and his middle child, Albus Severus, who struggles with his heritage.
Previews begin at the Palace Theatre in June.