Anoosha Syed, an artist who depicted Hermione Granger as a black woman in a recent illustration, has revealed the disgusting racist comments she received in response to the image.
Syed posted a drawing of J. K. Rowling’s beloved characters Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on Instagram. In the picture, Hermione is black, and Harry also has a darker skin tone than how he’s usually depicted.
All of the characters are played by white actors in the film series, however Harry and Hermione’s race is never explicitly stated in the books, which Syed pointed out in response to the comments.
1) hermione and harry’s race is never stated in the books
2) i’ll draw whatever i want thanks pic.twitter.com/HtwiLZRkEI
— anoosha syed ✨ (@foxville_art) September 19, 2017
The trolls also failed to note that Hermione has been portrayed by black actress Noma Domezweni and later by Rakie Ayola in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since it opened two years ago. Syed, who was called things like ‘f**king liberal dumbass’ for posting the drawing, stated, “There were some comments that were so horribly racist I didn’t put them up; it’s astounding how awful people can be.”
J. K. Rowling herself has expressed support of Hermione being portrayed as black when the casting of Nome Domezweni caused controversy.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
And why shouldn’t she?
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