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Black Actress Starring in ‘Harry Potter’ Play Has Message for Haters!

We recently told you about the Black actress who will be starring in the London stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as Hermione. The big differences with this story is the Hogwarts characters are now adults and Hermione is being played by a Black woman, Noma Dumezveni.

Anyone who is familiar with J.K. Rowling‘s books know Hermione’s race is never described, except for her brown eyes and frizzy hair.

Because people are ignorant, Dumezveni has been facing backlash for her role, even though Rowling and actress Emma Watson, who starred in as Hermione in all the Harry Potter films, have tweeted their show of support.

People are Pissed J.K. Rowling’s New ‘Harry Potter’ Play Stars a Black Woman!

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Dumezveni had a message for her critics. The actress says she’s experienced “unconscious” racism throughout her career.

“It stems from ignorance,” said Dumezveni.

“They don’t want to be a part of the creative act. To say it’s not as it was intended is so unimaginative. I don’t think they understand how theater works. We’re here to heal you, make you smile and whisk you away.”

For those who don’t think Dumuezveni is right for the role, she had this to say: “The only question we should ask is ‘Are they good?’ I’ve met great actors Black and White and I’ve met bad actors Black and White.”

Dumezveni clearly has receipts and will surely shine in her role as Hermione this summer.


Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.