"We contacted the play's director and production company … to explain that wild animals, such as owls, are not actors and should never be forced to perform. And we were delighted when they got back to us to say that they've decided not to use live owls in any future performances. This is a huge relief for all Harry Potter fans who care about animals. Owls are shy, sensitive and utterly unsuited to being put on display in a hot, noisy theatre, night after night. Treating them like props goes against every message of respect and kindness expressed in J. K. Rowling's much-loved books."
"We used to use owls, but the mess was unbelievable... droppings all over the desks."
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In addition to the owl problem, the play has had some complaints over the fact an African actress, Noma Dumezweni, has been cast as Hermione Granger. J. K. Rowling, known as the Queen of Twitter to her fans, has also been quick to scold those who have complained that Hermione Granger and her daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley, are played by Black actresses.