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JK Rowling backs black actress playing Hermione

By Helen Pye

JK Rowling said she "loves black Hermione" as she defended the decision to cast a black actress in the role of Hermione Granger in new stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

It was announced yesterday that Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni would take on the role made famous in the Harry Potter films by Emma Watson.

Some fans began to message the author expressing confusion at a divergence from the Hermione they were used to seeing in the films, but Rowling used her social media account to state that Hermione's skin colour had never been spelled out.

"Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione," she wrote.

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