It has been announced that Noma Dumezweni, a person of color, will play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Is there any indication of JK Rowling's involvement in this casting? And what does this effect Hermione's ethnicity?
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According to her twitter page, she was involved in the casting of the play, but the Director had final refusal.
John Green: speaking of which, great job on the casting of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
JKR: Thanks! John (director) cast my three first choices so I'm very happy! His decision, though, because Writers. Don't. Do. Casting.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
The play's producer Sonia Friedman told The Daily Mail that J.K. Rowling and playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany Callender collaborated on casting. "We were all involved with all the key casting decisions," Friedman said.
Straight from the horse's mouth (a tweet direct from JK Rowling):
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione