When it was announced that a black actress will be playing Hermione in the Harry Potter theater play, Cursed Child, the Internet got ugly. An army of trolls emerged from their caves and raided every article to leave nasty comments. The whole thing has been absolutely ridiculous, and it has spiraled out of control. It's 2016 guys, having a black actress in a leading role should not come as a shock to anyone.
Noma speaks out
The actress has finally spoken out about the controversy, and she has no patience for the critics:
"It stems from ignorance. 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."
You go Noma!
Most people argue that Hermione was always white in the movies, but they need to realize that a) Cursed Child is based on the books, and in the books Hermione's skin color was never specified, and b) the production is a play, not a sequel to the movies. Even if it were, it would still be okay to change it up.
Representation is so important, and we need to get better at it. Besides, one of the major themes throughout the Harry Potter books and movies is conquering adversity, so if you're a true fan you should be supportive of this casting choice. Both J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson have already shared their positive opinions on the matter, and I think we should follow their example.