Skin color in Hollywood makes headlines again.
This time the controversy takes place over seas. No matter where it’s happening it’s still a critical conversation stirring up a commotion. Sunday night the producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” in the UK announced that the grown up heroic character of Hermione will be played by South African native, Noma Dumezweni. This is a two-part stage play that opens at the Palace Theatre in London in July. Dumezweni will star next to Jamie Parker and Paul Thorley who will play the grown up version of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. The play comes to life from J.K Rowling’s strikingly successful Harry Potter series of books. While many are heavily chiming in and demeaning the producers choice of Noma as the new Hermione, Rowling went on to rave about her approval of the role.
The cast of Cursed Child: (from left) Paul Thornley as Ron Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Jamie Parker as Harry pic.twitter.com/zSYUCAUGxA
— Harry Potter World (@PotterWorldUK) December 21, 2015
Many raise their nose in question because Noma’s skin color and do ask raise questions based on her esteemed talent. She won the Olivier Award (equivalent of a Tony Award in the USA) back in 2005 for her role in “Raisin in the Sun.” Her resume highlights her talent and abilities that show Noma is more than capable of soaring in her new role. When asked on Twitter the author of the series did not shy away from the elephant in the room. She went on affirming the choice in saying:
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Noma who seemed to be delighted with news and bliss of the moment gave the nay-sayers no energy by tweeting to the hype:
Um… So. Just seen my feed BLOW UP… What's THAT about?! ????!
— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) December 20, 2015