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Racists flip out over casting of black actress as "Hermione" in "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child"

J.K. Rowling responded to their freak out perfectly -- but that only seemed to encourage them

Scott Eric Kaufman
December 21, 2015 6:21PM (UTC)

When news broke that a middle-aged Hermione Granger would be played by a black South African woman named Noma Dumezweni in the stage production "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child," it was inevitable that the racist and white supremacist part of the fanbase wouldn't be happy. Some just saw the casting decision as another indication of the downfall of white/western civilization:

J.K. Rowling, who you think would have an opinion about Hermione's race, weighed in with her authorial opinion:


Not that that was enough to shut the racists up:

Some even attempted the desperate gambit of using her own words against her, sadly unaware that the expression in question is a colloquialism for "fear":

Others attempted to use an old sketch by Rowling to keep their beloved White Hermione white:


That said, some of her critics did offer salient points:

Of course, the casting gives more teeth to a common slur used against Hermione:

In the end, however:

Meet the New Hermione Granger

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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