“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has a strong message for the “bunch of racists” who’ve criticized the decision to cast a black woman to play the character of Hermione Granger: Back off.

In an interview with The Observer, Rowling said Noma Dumezweni, who will play the beloved character in the upcoming West End play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” was chosen for the role because of her talent.

“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot,” Rowling said. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”

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