We're all fans of Harry Potter. The story is familiar to a whole generation. Even if some have only watched the films and have not read all seven book, they are still undoubtedly fans. And one thing that has been familiar with us is that Emma Watson has always played Hermoine Granger. But what if a black person portrays Hermoine? Debate all you want, but what we are concerned about is whether the skin color was specified in the books or not. And to clarify that, we should seek the response of the author herself, JK Rowling.
Since the films show Hermoine as a white person, is it really okay to have the character be portrayed by a black person?
According to the Harry Potter author herself, the books never specified the skin color of Hermoine Granger. She had frizzy hair, brown eyes, and she was incredibly intelligent, but white skin? Not in the books.
Matthew Lewis also gave an answer. In the books, Neville Longbottom was a blonde guy, but Matthew Lewis wasn't blonde. So, the movies are not necessarily perfect depictions of the book.
While a black woman is totally acceptable as Hermoine, perhaps fans will still think of Emma's version simply because of the exposure and the nostalgia factor.
You see, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play, not a film adaptation.
The Harry Potter author said that she can't wait to see how the actors bring the adult characters to life next summer.
Here are the people who will be portraying the three main characters in Harry Potter. Yes, the adult Harry, Hermoine, and Ron. Wishing you all the best, especially Noma Dumezweni! Don't let others bring you down.