Rowling says she didn't specify her race in the books. She was playes by Emma Watson in the movies, who is white. Now she's being played by a black woman?
Most Helpful Guy
Her race isn't specified in the books because it isn't relevant, and its inclusion may change how readers interpret the character. None of her actions in the book have anything to do with race. The point is that her character is based on her intelligence, bravery, and loyalty, not on her appearance. The bits we do get about her appearance are simply that her hair is really bushy and frizzy, and that she has unusually large teeth. The portrayal of her in the movies does not accurately reflect the portrayal in the books, and taking it as the 'canon' version of her is silly as it is clearly just a Hollywood interpretation.
Race does not change the character at all - being a frizzy haired intelligent white girl or a frizzy haired intelligent black girl doesn't change what she does in the story, nor does it change what is important about her. She is defined by her actions and her intelligence.
So, is she black or white? Both, and neither. She is whatever you want her to be.1
Most Helpful Girl
the art in the books depict a white character for Hermione... um i understand the oh giving equal opportunity but it some how puts me off i mean i can believe Emma is Hermione. It will be hard for Noma but if she is really a great actress she should do fine. but i did see Rowling was pretty well versed in describing other ethnic charters that were not white in her books. examples Lee Jordan, Cho Chang to name just a few3