So, racebent Hermione. But, you wanna know a secret? The first time I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?
I thought Hermione was black. Or, well, at the very least of mixed ancestry. It was, I think, the description of her hair, mostly, what did it for me. The whole bushy thing? My thirteen years old brain translated that Hermione was black.
And it seemed AMAZING to me and so obvious. Like, blatantly obvious when in Chamber of Secrets she gets called Mudblood and she doesn’t get it until Ron and Hagrid explain it. SO COOL. I liked when there were dark skinned characters. And this? This was the brightest, smartest girl in Hogwarts. How awesome was that?
For me Hermione was a black girl, thin and precocious, huge eyes and unruly impossible to tame hair.
And then she wasn’t. Movies started coming out, Emma was cast as Hermione, I shrugged my mental picture off.
But it’s still there, I think. Since the last books came after the movies, I read them with a white Hermione in mind, but I wonder if it’ll be the same thing, was I to reread the first books.
I completely agree, I’ve always imagined Hermione as Black/mixed race. It’s funny because a friend and I were talking about dreamcasts for Hermione, and one of the people we mentioned was Jessica!