I’m going to start off this post by asking everyone to please be an adult about this issue and if you are going to get angry with me about it at least do me the decency of reading the full post before commenting. I just wanted to take a moment and add my opinion to the many many others about Hermione being black. This has been a thing going on for a long time but I think has recently come back with the photos that were released of Noma Dumezweni who plays Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Now I’m going to start straight off here and say when I think of Hermione I think of her being white. And now here is the thing, when you read a book, you get an image in your head of what that character looks like. When you read the book before seeing the movie adaptation that image you have won’t always line up with the person who plays that role. I’m sure we have all seen some person or another complain about the particular casting in a role (Katniss Everdeen being one that comes to mind).
This phenomena resulted in my having an argument with my sister a number of years ago because I saw someone who looked exactly like what I would expect Severus Snape to look. He didn’t look like an old Alan Rickman but he looked exactly like an old version of my imagined Severus Snape.
I first read Harry Potter when I was 8. And at that time I assumed Hermione was white. I mean she lived in Britain so I just assumed she looked like me. While reading the rest of the series I had never come across anything that stated she was anything else but white. JK Rowling never actually specifically says what colour her skin is, in fact I don’t think she states that for most of the characters, Kingsley Shacklebolt being the only one (I think) that she says is black.
I have no problems with Hermione being black, and especially when it comes to theatre the actor doesn’t have to look like the character they are playing. But for the last 15 years I have always seen Hermione as being white and it’s going to take some time to get used to the idea that Hermione doesn’t look the way I had imagined her.