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  • Dangerous_Dan 4 Feb 2013 22:12:46 2,390 posts
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    I watched it till the end :lol:
  • jonsaan 4 Feb 2013 22:25:08 26,442 posts
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    So did I in the end :)
  • You-can-call-me-kal 2 Jun 2016 09:20:28 4,975 posts
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    In today's episode of the internet implodes because political correctness has gone mad, we see thousands of outraged Harry Potter fans outraged at the casting of a black woman as Hermione Grainger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    Yay.
  • RichDC 2 Jun 2016 09:30:25 6,638 posts
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    Didn't this happen months ago? The casting I mean, not the internet explosion.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 2 Jun 2016 09:31:29 4,975 posts
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    Pictures were released yesterday I think.
  • rockavitch 2 Jun 2016 09:41:36 792 posts
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    Anyone how is a Potter fan would've known this months ago so it is just a bunch of morons complaining for the sake of having a moan.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 2 Jun 2016 09:47:26 44,527 posts
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    There was a fair amount of complaining going on at the time of the casting too. So much so that JK Rowling came out and said Hermoine was never specifically white.

    Which in turn caused more complaints :)
  • BigOrkWaaagh 2 Jun 2016 09:56:06 4,008 posts
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    Nothing new. Internet also lose it's mInd when a white person gets cast in a role 'meant' for another ethnicity, or even more disappointingly, when a not quite black enough actor gets cast in a role 'meant' for a blacker actor.

    Internet gonna internet.

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 09:56:25 02-06-2016
  • You-can-call-me-kal 2 Jun 2016 09:56:49 4,975 posts
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    I do think it's kind of interesting as a casting choice. They've clearly made an effort with Harry and Ron to find people who look somewhat like the cinematic equivalent, so it does seem like a conscious decision has been made to be provocative with the Hermione casting.
  • nickthegun 2 Jun 2016 10:00:24 67,061 posts
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    That is quite an interesting point. You can't imagine they would have cast Colin Salmon as Harry
  • BigOrkWaaagh 2 Jun 2016 10:07:18 4,008 posts
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    Mr T for Harry P
  • wrinkly 2 Jun 2016 10:10:33 3,457 posts
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    It's never been the same since colour tv was invented. When it was just black and white things were much simpler.
  • Rivuzu 2 Jun 2016 10:12:11 13,543 posts
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    Racist.
  • elstoof 2 Jun 2016 10:14:57 14,599 posts
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    Wait til you see the German Shepard they've cast as Neville
  • Concrete 2 Jun 2016 10:17:22 702 posts
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    If she wants a black character, I don't see the need to retro it in, given the subject matter.

    Just be like "one day Hermoine decided to be black for the lolz and cast a spell", done.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 2 Jun 2016 10:18:33 44,527 posts
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    BigOrkWaaagh wrote:
    Mr T for Harry P
    Mr T as Snape. Think about it.
  • Alastair 2 Jun 2016 10:19:14 18,841 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    I do think it's kind of interesting as a casting choice. They've clearly made an effort with Harry and Ron to find people who look somewhat like the cinematic equivalent, so it does seem like a conscious decision has been made to be provocative with the Hermione casting.
    Ron and his family are regularly described as having ginger hair. Harry as having messy brown hair (I think).
    Hermione is only ever described as having bushy hair...
  • elstoof 2 Jun 2016 10:22:12 14,599 posts
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    Can't believe they whitewashed Hermione for the films, this is worse than Emma Stone playing a Chinese-Hawaiian
  • Concrete 2 Jun 2016 10:23:35 702 posts
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    @Alastair

    And a white face :D

    Evidence in the link that Tom posted, if you can be arsed.

    Edited by Concrete at 10:24:30 02-06-2016
  • Alastair 2 Jun 2016 10:24:47 18,841 posts
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    Concrete wrote:
    @Alastair

    And a white face :D

    Evidence in the link that Tom posted, if you can be arsed.
    Are you sure?
  • Concrete 2 Jun 2016 10:26:11 702 posts
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    @Alastair

    Yes.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 2 Jun 2016 10:26:43 4,975 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    I do think it's kind of interesting as a casting choice. They've clearly made an effort with Harry and Ron to find people who look somewhat like the cinematic equivalent, so it does seem like a conscious decision has been made to be provocative with the Hermione casting.
    Ron and his family are regularly described as having ginger hair. Harry as having messy brown hair (I think).
    Hermione is only ever described as having bushy hair...
    Yeah, but, I think it's reasonable to suggest that the films (which Rowling was pretty heavily involved with) have cemented visual archetypes for the characters.

    To be clear I'm not saying Hermione should or has to be white. I'm just saying the decision to make her black seems somewhat contrived.
  • GoatApocalypse 2 Jun 2016 10:29:26 1,771 posts
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    Whatever next, a black James Bond?

    (would totally love to see a black James Bond)
  • GoatApocalypse 2 Jun 2016 10:30:14 1,771 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Or the girl playing her could've been the best person to audition.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 2 Jun 2016 10:32:47 4,975 posts
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    GoatApocalypse wrote:
    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Or the girl playing her could've been the best person to audition.
    Again though, it seems incredibly coincidental that the "best person to audition" for all the other key roles also looked quite a lot like their cinematic counterparts.
  • Rivuzu 2 Jun 2016 10:51:11 13,543 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Ron and his family are regularly described as having ginger hair.
  • monkman76 2 Jun 2016 10:52:09 8,809 posts
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    Weasley Snipes
  • Fake_Blood 2 Jun 2016 10:53:23 6,262 posts
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    I'd love me a black magic woman.
  • rockavitch 2 Jun 2016 10:54:14 792 posts
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    It's not even the first time a characters has been changed to a different race, Lavender Brown was black in Prisoner Of Azkaban (I think that was the movie). Surprised not to jave seen people using that as further "proof" of whitewashing.
  • DukeSilver 2 Jun 2016 11:25:11 1,161 posts
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    Internet being the Internet I'd say. Nerdy Potter fans taking things too seriously and then because it's on the Internet, people with no real interest can go mad.

    Theatre usually takes some broad strokes at the appearance of a character. A run will tend to have understudies and rest days for the main cast so you'd need a lot of cover for everyone to look exactly 'right'. The casting photos for Harry and Ron don't look that much like Harry and Ron from the films, but stick some glasses on one of them and a black wig and that'll do.




    The actress playing Hermione has a lot of theatre experience including RSC plays so she must be good at it.

    Edited by DukeSilver at 11:25:25 02-06-2016
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