Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling is in hot water after she insisted on having the original actress and model from the original franchise, Emma Watson, play Hermoine Granger. Rowling was pressured in an interview with a British newspaper, to explain why she didn’t want any ‘black people’ in her upcoming movie, ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’.
Rowling lashed out at the reporters and other media outlets claiming she wasn’t a racist and had every intention of putting in a servant or two to make up for lack of colored folks in the film. It is also noted that she didn’t have any of the “colored” people in the original book that the film is based upon.
Rowling’s agent said she had a “great deal of difficulty” dealing with those that insisted Hermione – played by Emma Watson in the film franchise – “must be a white woman.” Her agent continued to say, “But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm,” adding that Dumezweni was simply “the best actress for the job.”
The film will be released in London first and then worldwide this fall. Ticket holder are expected to show up early as there will be extra security precautions.