If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you must have seen #BlackHogwarts trending yesterday. The trend’s filled with brilliant use of GIFs and jokes to give everyone an idea of how Hogwarts could’ve looked like with better black representation. I’m all for Black Hogwarts becoming a movie!
While J.K. Rowling gifted the world with the Harry Potter books, the series itself isn’t a shining example of racial and queer representation in literature. And that’s why I really enjoyed the fandom coming together to create #BlackHogwarts and having their voices and headcanons heard. I wouldn’t mind a Black Hogwarts spoof film or even a book series.
But Farid, Hermione Granger is a WOC!
Yeah, nopes. She doesn’t really count, as far as I’m concerned. Similarly, I don’t want to pat the Harry Potter series on the back for making Dumbledore queer. I’m still waiting to see how a young Dumbledore and his queerness will be handled in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film.
J.K. Rowling is happy about the Black Hogwarts trend though.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2018
Here are some of the awesome tweets you should see.
— SourPumPum (@SourPumPum) January 12, 2018
— Gabriella (@gabriella_tl) January 12, 2018
— Demetria Chavon (@DemetriaLesterC) January 12, 2018
— Milto 🌻🍯✨ (@milteaux) January 12, 2018
— citizen of wakanda (@Beylack) January 12, 2018
Hermonie: it’s LeviOsa not LevioSAAAAH #BlackHogwarts
— THADDY (@ItsHippyPotter) January 12, 2018
— chantelchavon (@chantelchavon) January 12, 2018
“Girl what you wearing to the Yule Ball?”
Me a hufflepuff: Oh nothing too fancy.
*At the Yule Ball* pic.twitter.com/xqobSQ0aTP
— YeAr oF ThE HoE🧚🏾♀️ (@Tinytay19) January 11, 2018
— Matthew (@Callo_23) January 12, 2018
— cutechick86 ♋🍓💰🌈 (@cutechick8668) January 11, 2018
— Christopher Howell (@CLloydHowell) January 11, 2018
And a whole lot more! Do yourself a favor and visit #BlackHogwarts on Twitter.
I love it when fandoms come together to create the representation they want to see in the content they consume. Hopefully, continuing to do so will urge creators to deliver more diverse content.
Fingers crossed #BlackHogwarts inspires someone to make a spoof of the Harry Potter franchise.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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