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8 times when J. K. Rowling made headlines

Years after the Harry Potter book series was over, she decided to return to the world and the characters, this time through a play. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” runs on both Broadway and West End and led to one controversy outside the plot.

In the play casting she agreed Noma Dumezweni, a black woman, was a brilliant choice for Hermione. She pointed out in an interview with The Guardian that she never mentioned Hermione’s skin colour but fans found a line that said Hermione ‘turned white’, insisting it meant she was white.

“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ — that is, lost color from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with,” Rowling said. “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.”

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