'Harry Potter' fans say a Black actor should play Hermione in reboot

The online realm is currently in a state of chaos as devoted Harry Potter fans react to the recent news of HBO's decision to reboot the beloved film franchise into a television series.
I can already hear your thoughts: Who in the world requested a Harry Potter-inspired TV show? Certainly not me, but it seems we're in for one.

Through a Twitter announcement, the streaming platform officially confirmed the earlier speculations, revealing their plans to create "the first ever #HarryPotter scripted television series." The statement emphasized their intention to deliver a faithful adaptation of the iconic books.

Alongside the caption, they posted a 30-second teaser clip, which showed off the official title page accompanied by the familiar opening theme tune of the movie.

During a Warner Bros Discovery event, the project's details were unveiled to the attending audience, with producers announcing that this would be a "decade-long" series introducing "a new cast to lead a new generation of fans."

As reported by Game Spot, WB Discovery also stated, "Each season will stay true to the original books and introduce Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences worldwide." This came after previous reports mentioning the plan for seven seasons, each corresponding to a book in the series.

In a press release, J.K. Rowling, the "controversial" creator of the franchise, disclosed that she would serve as an executive producer alongside Neil Blair and Ruth Kenley-Letts. She also mentioned that the series would be available on HBO Max under its new name, Max, in the United States and globally once production is completed.

While most specific details, such as the release date and cast lineup, have been kept tightly guarded, fans have taken to social media to speculate on whether Rowling will choose to bring diversity to the cast, as she did with the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Do you recall all the controversy surrounding that particular incident?

Taking place 19 years after the events of the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child narrates the story of Albus, Harry's teenage son, and Scorpius, Draco Malfoy's son. Together, they confront dark forces and strive to protect the world, following in their parents' footsteps. Additionally, Ron and Hermione's daughter, Rose, joins the dynamic duo, along with Delphi, the secret love child of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange.

While one might assume that the scandalous aspect of the production would be Voldemort's ability to have children, surprisingly, it was overshadowed by the controversial casting choice made by J.K. Rowling.

Why? Simply because Hermione Granger was portrayed by a Black actress - a shocking revelation!

This ongoing debate appears to have resurfaced once again on the internet.
Taking to Twitter, fans gathered to talk about the potential of a more diverse line up.

"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," wrote one user attaching a video of two people coughing to near death.

"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," added another.

The conversation continued to get heated as this third person chimed in with: "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."

However, while people continued to debate the issue, others were firmly supporting the idea that Hermione could be played by a Black person.

"I want them to hire a black trans actress as Hermione in the new Harry Potter series," this user tweeted, while another added: "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."

So far, nothing has yet been confirmed but I'm sure we'll be hearing about the line up in the near future.

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