Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has voiced her say over the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Social media went into overdrive after a woman of colour was announced to play the famed part, made famous by Emma Watson, in a stage version of the renowned books.
Speaking out about the controversy, Evanna shared the exciting news then rightly insisted that it is about the actors hearts and personality – not their looks that matter after receiving a flood of comments.
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) December 21, 2015
Tbh new Hermione is black, Harry looks like Ron, when I was cast ppl complained about my HAIR & it is people’s❤️ NOT their looks that matter — Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) December 21, 2015
The news has been given support by fellow Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, in the film franchise. More importantly author of the famed series, J.K. Rowling, was prompted to give her the stamp of approval after the negative responses to the casting decision. Taking to Twitter, the famed writer pinned: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione”. The stage play will take to London’s West End next summer.