Why I love Black Hermione Granger

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?

   
    
 
This post was so hard because I just have so many thoughts and I still don’t think I wrote them clear enough but I’ve been sitting on this post for too long now.

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.

-Astra

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16 thoughts on “Why I love Black Hermione Granger

  1. Maria says:

    Love it! I think we all seek out characters we can relate to and see ourselves in (consciously or subconsciously). Hermione is such an awesome, strong, well-rounded and kick ass female heroine. If having a black actress play Hermione helps more girls and young women relate to her, even better! I’m glad JKR and Emma Watson have both spoken in approval, too, of Noma Dumezweni, which I hope will help to silence the haters.

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    • A Stranger's Guide to Novels says:

      Your so right. I can’t really see why anyone wouldn’t see it in this way. It’s uplifting and empowering for many girls and yes I’m super glad too that JKR and Emma backed up our case as well! After what JKR said about the canon I don’t think the haters have a case to stand on!

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  2. Bookmark Chronicles says:

    I’m so with you. As a black woman we hardly see ourselves represented and for the female role in what is probably the most popular book series in the world, this is HUGE! And in all honesty, Rowling doesn’t have a problem with it and its her character so everyone else can shut up or get on board!

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  3. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny says:

    And here I thought it was specified that Hermione was white! I’m white, but I totally agree that there should be more African American Heroines in YA literature. 🙂

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  4. yourdaughtersbookshelf says:

    Why not? If JKR never specified, then Hermione can be whatever the reader visualize – isn’t that one of the things we all love about reading? Our imagination can fill in whatever blanks there are, and the heroes/heroines can be whomever we picture. Love it!!

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  5. MyBookJacket says:

    I can totally see your point but I can’t say I’m a fan of it. But that’s because I don’t like changing the race if any actor. (This is because the race of Indian actors changes so many times it’s gotten annoying. Latest example being The Martian) but I’m glad that it is more diverse. I’m all for diversity.

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    • A Stranger's Guide to Novels says:

      Hm I don’t see why changing the race of the actor would be annoying if the character they are portraying is racially ambiguous so the character shouldn’t be locked down to one race. If the characters is white in the books though and they made a black person play it I would be a little puzzled but that shouldn’t get in the way of the character portrayal but I can see why it may annoy some. YES MORE DIVERSITY!

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      • MyBookJacket says:

        I don’t get a very diversity loving vibe from the books. And from the covers which all show everyone as white. It’s my only problem with the series! But I’m glad someone is questioning this.

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