Producers of the Harry Potter movies sequel have announced that the role of Hermione Granger will be played by a black actress.
According to the producers, casting for the new Harry Potter stage show will have Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni as one of the characters.
Theiir announcement have been accepted with applause and criticism, while many people are pleased Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni is taking on the role, others suggest they have a problem with Hermione "changing race". Some fans are also of the view that JK Rowling never explicitly referred to Hermione's ethnicity.
Emma Watson portrayed the character in the films, while covers of the books have shown Hermione as white. For many Harry Potter fans the "canon" or the wizarding world which Rowling has created is all-important, with long online discussions still ongoing, almost a decade after the publication of the final book.
"I'm so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.I can't wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer", Rowling said.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has its first West End previews in June 2016 and will see Jamie Parker play an adult version of Harry and Paul Thornley portray Ron Weasley.
Long before the announcement, people had discussed the possibility of Hermione being black with authors of fan fiction and artwork showing her with dark skin and hair.
Noma Dumezweni is an experienced theatre star and most recently made headlines for taking on the lead role in Linda, with just a week to prepare, after Sex and the City's Kim Cattrell dropped out of the production.
"I'm a great theatre actor and a great supporting actor - this is the year of finally acknowledging that - but here I am playing a role that was originally going to be a white woman, and that's what the set-up around the casting is," she told The Guardian at the time.