New Harry Potter film to feature more ethnic minorities

The new Harry Potter film will feature more actors from ethnic minorities after criticism of the first movie’s predominantly white cast, it was reported today.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was attacked for failing to reflect the multicultural make-up of the young wizard’s Britain.

A New York Times critic complained: “At a time when London is filled with faces of colour, the fleeting appearances by minority kids is scarier than the film’s villain, Voldemort.”

But Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which is due to open on November 15, has a more diverse cast, with at least five actors from ethnic minorities.

A spokesman for makers Warner Bros denied this was a response to criticism.

“There’s more diversity – not just blacks, but other ethnic actors – in this one because there are more scenes with large groups of kids,” he told the New York Daily News.

“In the classrooms, in the commons room, in the great hall, in crowds at the Quidditch game. As a result there is greater diversity.”

He added there were no formal complaints about the lack of actors from ethnic minorities in the first film.

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