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J.K. Rowling 'Loves Black Hermione' Casting in New Play

The role of Hermione, made famous in the film versions by Emma Watson, will be played by Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni.

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    J.K. Rowling 'Loves Black Hermione' Casting in New Play
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    In this file photo, British actress Noma Dumezweni holds her Olivier award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, for her role in "A Raisin in the Sun," at the 2006 British Theater Lawrence Olivier Awards in Central London, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006.

    A black actress playing Hermione Granger? J.K. Rowling has no problem with that.

    The best-selling author of the "Harry Potter" books has responded to mixed reactions after the cast for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" — a new London play featuring Harry as an adult — was announced Monday. The role of Hermione, made famous in the film versions by Emma Watson, will be played by Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni.

    Rowling said on Twitter that the character's skin color had in fact never been specified in the books. "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione," she wrote, adding a kissing emoji at the end.

    The play, based on a new story by Rowling and others, opens July 30.