So I’m not sure how many of you are Harry Potter fans. But I am one to the bone (proud Ravenclaw,owner of a slightly swishy Sycamore wand, at your service ) so when I heard all of this talk of a Black Hermione my attention was immeadiently perked.
So for those of you who don’t now, Noma Dumezweni has been casted to play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is a new play based on a new story by J.K Rowling. This caused a huge stir of reactions amongst the fandom.
Some people thought what it’s was an outrage that they would think of changing the race of Hermione, some didn’t care that much and others were up in arms cheering that we finally have a Black Hermione.
I was in the last group.
You see, as I said in my Most Hated YA Trope post, I’m a black teenage and you do not see a lot of black female protagonists in YA. That’s just a fact. A sad fact when we take in account that the world world is now more diverse than ever. People kind of think that because they can see people of all different nationalities all around them it will automatically be translated on to page, which really isn’t the case. Again I kind of talked about this in my other post, but back to Harry Potter.
Hermione Granger- smart, loyal, brave, kind, the list can go on. I know that many people feel that Hermione is there fictional role model, including me of course, because of all of those things and leaving her racially ambiguous meant that anyone could see themselves as Hermione in a way. We had the brilliant Emma Watson as our big screen Hermione and she did a brilliant job as the character but sadly this caused a white wash of Hermione if that makes sense.
People think Hermione is white. Canon. Fact. Well actually no not canon as Queen Rowling will explain in less than 144 characters.
And this brings me back to why I love Black Hermione. I kind of see this casting as acceptance Thant there can be different Hermiones other the the Emma Watson Hermoine.
When I reread the books now I can visualise Hermione being black now, not saying that I couldn’t before, but I guess subconsciously I am able to push Emma Watson Hermione out of my mind. Also, it enables me to see myself in thr character now that having that confirmation that there can be different Hermiones. In the fandom there have been many fans saying how Hermione could be Black as much as she could be white for years now, but for it to kind of ger recognition is amazing.
And black Hermione Granger would look gorgeous don’t you think?
So what do you think about there being a black Hermione Granger? I would love to hear what you think, even if your not a Harry Potter fan.
I’ll write soon.