We were all a bit stupefy-spelled when we learned the shocking reality that throughout the entire "Harry Potter" film octet, which ran for 1,207 minutes, non-white characters were only given 5 minutes and 40 seconds of speaking time.
For a series that so heavily embraced the power of words - written, spoken, engraved or otherwise -- that is one devastating statistic.
But J.K. Rowling has given us a little bit of hope that her "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" trilogy might turn that terrible trend around by revealing that although the primary castmembers announced so far for the series are
mostly all caucasian actors (the line-up so far: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farell, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Jenn Murray) we haven't seen everyone just yet.
In response to a fan who aimed to rally a Twitter protest of the "damn upsetting" as-of-yet-completely-non-diverse cast, Rowling wrote, "Everyone in #FantasticBeasts is not white."
When the reader, who identifies as a long-time fan of the "Potter" series, then pointed out the utter lack of diversity in the cast so far, Jo added, "Perhaps wait until you see the movie to judge? It is a trilogy and all the characters have not been revealed or cast yet."
Does her assurance quell your concerns about the apparent lack of diversity in "Fantastic Beasts"? Why or why not?