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J.K. Rowling, the famous author behind one of the biggest books of the past two decades, is slamming critics complaining about the casting of a Black woman in the upcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

What is supposed to be the eighth story, told 19 years later, will take center stage in London, bringing what we are sure, thousands of fans from around the world. But the production recently received some backlash after casting a Black woman to play Hermione Granger.

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South African native, Noma Dumezweni, will play the role of Harry Potter’s witty BFF, originally played by Emma Watson. And while the crew was excited to announce the big name, fans took to social media to question why Hermione would be played by a Black woman when in the film, the character was White.

The critics, however, were shut down by Rowling herself who tweeted:

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

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The play, by Jack Thorne, will be the first story to be presented on stage. The production’s opening night will be on July 30 and will begin previews on June 7.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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