Rowling, The Blair Partnership, Pottermore, Bloomsbury, Scholastic or Warner Bros. The book that has greatest insight into how Rowling portrays foreigners is, of course, the Goblet of Fire, which features a main conflict where Harry Potter competes in a tournament against two students from schools in France and an unspecified country in the north where most of the attendees seem to be of Slavic heritage. Cho Chang: A girl with long black hair with a Japenese given name Cho can also be a Korean or Chinese surname and a Chinese or Korean surname. The Harry Potter series is what it is: an ambitious, exciting, often infuriating saga that influenced countless people — and set primarily in the realm of straight, white people. All the foreigners have names and accents that make it immediately obvious that they are from a different culture than a run-of-the-mill, lily-white British person. Isn't that in itself a little racist? You do know many of these people are your fans, right? For me at least, when hearing brown, the expectation is chestnut, not coffee.
Instead, I think my friend picked up on a number of subtle clues embeded into the text of Harry Potter. It's by no means definitive, but it seems unlikely that someone portraying themself would change their race. Richard - As anemone said, that woman's hair would be black, not brown, if not for the hair dye. She caught it and stared down at the cover. I imagine Hermione as white, I always have, and it would be a huge shift and a needless effort for me to see her a different way than I have for over a decade, but I fully support anyone who visualize any character how they want so long as it doesn't interfere with their characterization fyi, like seeing Dumbledore being a serial murderer or something. The origins of this game were this: At a lunch together, a white member of the staff at Smith College asked Thandeka what it felt like to be black. Stories have to be about white people! This that the book never actually clarifies that Hermione isn't black.
According to one though, it was actually even worse than it seemed. Over and over, when Thandeka presented the idea of The Race Game, white colleagues refused to do it. While these can be fun thought exercises, in many cases they're just a stone cold bummer. But I think it should also make sense that white characters don't think about or notice the fact that they are white. While it could explain why she's so hard-working, it also cuts down Hermione's character in a serious way.
That said, this is such a common occurrence for stage plays that it's a bit ridiculous that this group is so worked up about it. The game consisted of one rule. One is innocent; the other degrading. From theories that solved to absolutely insane theories that don't make any sense at all, we've got some of the best and some of the worst fan theories about everyone's favorite teenage witch. Blaise Zabini: As soon as he becomes a speaking character in book six prior to that, he was only mentioned in passing in the first book as being Sorted into Slytherin , he is explicitly described as dark-skinned. Weasley attempts to fix Hermione's eye. Very few characters in the series are explicitly defined by race, but the continued assumption in such instances is that all characters are white unless stated otherwise.
Why create a black character and not describe her in a way consistent to her origin and that in fact requires mental gymnastics to explain? As a result, it is easy to forget that there are people of color in the books until one of the main characters mentions or interacts with them. Data's observing capabilities, we wouldn't be able to tell whether Ms. It would be equally jarring if Harry got contact lenses I note from the cast photos he still has the same round frames , if Ginny went goth, or if Ron died his hair blue. We want to hear your thoughts about it, so leave them in the comments section below! Also, Jim Kay has done the illustrations for the new editions. At least, she watched Darrell mostly, admiring the way she swam, cutting the water so cleanly with her strong brown arms, and thrusting through the waves like a small torpedo. There are little, close to zero, passages in the book where J.
Harry and Hermione finding it offensive depends entirely on each of their past experiences and awareness of local social history between races, and also forgets how close they are as friends. When they get engaged, Tonks is no longer described as Pale. It's no proof either way, but I've been told there's a stereotype of difficult or unmanageable hair linked to certain ethnicities. For Hermione, that is her ample bush of brown hair on her head. There was some irritable discussion of this among fans, but no massive outcry, no suggestion that the film producers were being cavalier with the text or perverting it. Hermione emerged, coughing, out of the smoke, clutching the telescope and sporting a brilliantly purple black eye.
That is why there is really no evidence in the books to support a black Hermione where there are implications to support a white one and Hermione not being mentioned as black is significant to me, since much more minor black characters have their race specified but Hermione doesn't. That's the most important thing. Try searching for Berber or Moroccan. Once the movie adaptations were released, I thought it was natural to see a white Hermione, even though part of me wanted her to be black. Which means people who assume Hermione is white? Become a contributor and rake in the galleons! As for the Harry Potter books, they get pretty grim themselves in the last few installments, with numerous beloved characters biting the magical bullet.
How often does something that magical happen? Another addition to their favorite franchise, co-written by J. I also found one exception, which I've included at the bottom of the answer. Word of God is now on record as saying Hermione's race was not specified, but in that case, the quote in question doesn't really make sense: unless we all acquire Mr. However, I still stand by the following idea, which is going to inform the rest of my answer: I think it is possible that some readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. There are several canonical reasons people assume Hermione is a white character more on that below. As the Potter series grows beyond the original books and offers amazing opportunities for non-white characters, the responsibility to explore this sits on the shoulders of Rowling and the many talented people developing the world further.
I'm not going to include every quote I find because this answer would be too long. When it comes to Harry Potter, there's arguably no other plot development that's caused more headaches for J. And by the logic of Hermione's brown hair making her white, Harry shouldn't be white, because he has black hair. But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm. The lead actors are cast for! I have an Irish first name and a Scottish second name, yet I'm not Scottish or Irish. And yeah she never she was white but on all illistrations she is, for me personally i dont mind, as i said samual l jackson as nick fury is the same thing, and there being a comic with a female thor, but neither got as much backlash. Sorcerors Stone 'Yeah, I see what you mean, Remus,' said a bald black wizard standing furthest back - he had a deep, slow voice and wore a single gold hoop in his ear - 'he looks exactly like James.