Another weekend, another stupid Twitter controversy.
Yesterday the producers of the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening in London this summer, announced the casting of the lead roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni will play the three iconic characters.
Some people on Twitter were turned off by the fact that Ms. Dumezweni is black, using the “I’m not racist, but…” argument to cover themselves:
Most tweeters, however (including one ingenious gif-maker) were overjoyed by the news and took those critical of the casting choice to task:
Any and all criticism of Ms. Dumezweni’s casting was rendered moot, however, thanks to J.K. Rowling, who not only wrote the Harry Potter books but is co-writing Cursed Child:
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, also defended Ms. Dumezweni:
Some commentators responded humorously to the Cursed Child criticism: British writer Hanna Flint took a tongue in cheek view of the whole situation, writing an editorial about how the play’s casting was all wrong—because Mr. Thornley is not a redhead. Thank goodness for wigs!