Harry Potter fans demand reboot casts Black actor to play Hermione
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Harry Potter fans demand reboot casts Black actor to play Hermoine.
Back in April, HBO Max and Discovery+ announced the TV series was set to be released on Warner Bros’ streaming service Max, with an entirely new cast.
It will be a 'faithful' adaptation of the Harry Potter books which ran for over a 10-year period, where each season will be dedicated to the seven books.
During a press conference, HBO Chief Casey Bloys confirmed that J.K. Rowling will be the executive producer of the show.
Even though the release date and cast lineup are yet to be released, Twitter users, who are known for brilliant-on-the-nose comments, sparked a debate online regrading the inclusion of 'diversity' in the new adaptation series.
They speculate if Rowling intends to embrace diversity in casting, just as she did for the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
One user commented: "The writers on the HBO Harry Potter series when they realize that the new Hermione actress is going to be black and they need to find a way to justify her being called a 'mudblood' and being laughed at for being anti-slavery."
Another chimed in: "I hate race swapping characters to pacify snowflakes feelings... Funny now the same people who like that s***, are the same ones complaining Hermione might be black in the new Harry Potter series... Ironic huh."
A third chipped in: "It's quite funny. They chose to have a black Hermione because of 'Diversity'. They probably were casting only black girls for this. True Diversity would be casting everyone, No matter the skin color and choosing the one with the most talent."
Amidst the ongoing debate, the majority of them are inclined towards having Hermoine's character played by a Black actor.
One user added: "I want them to hire a black trans actress as Hermione in the new Harry Potter series."
Another one said: "Sorry to disappoint some of you but I'd love to see a black Hermione in the upcoming Harry Potter TV series. @jk_rowling even likes it. There was already a black woman playing Hermione in the theatrical play and JK loved it."
However, there has been no confirmation from the production house regarding the 'diversity' factor in the new show - but we would love to see that.