It's been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first came out, and ever since then, the series has cemented itself as one of the touchstones of popular culture. Generations of children have grown up reading the series focusing on the adventures of the boy wizard and his friends. There's always been one big complaint about Harry Potter, however – it's not racially diverse. Except for that one black kid who always called out Quidditch matches, black Potter fans – like moi – have been hard pressed to see themselves in the wizarding world.
Now, a new hashtag is changing that. It’s called #BlackHogwarts and it reimagines what Hogwarts would be like if it were predominantly black.
— Ja’Nay (@janayloves) January 11, 2018
For instance, how would your parents react if you broke your wand.
You know they wouldn’t just buy you a new one, right?
Me: I need a new wand. My old one broke.
Mom: You got new wand money? You better put some duct tape on and pray on that wand to work again.
— Nymph O. Brainiac (@nikkirojo4life) January 11, 2018
For that matter, EVERY time you made the slightest mistake at school, you’d just have to sit there, waiting for your mama to send you a howler.
— BMKM (@Habiba__Ogah) January 11, 2018
— Talking To The Screen (@CousinsWatchTV) January 11, 2018
And the sorting hat? Whole ‘nother issue, because first you have to make sure your hair stays fly. No one likes sorting hat head.
— Beard & Boujee🎅🏽 (@TheBrozGQ) January 11, 2018
And what if the hat almost made a mistake? What if it *gasp* almost sorted you into Slytherin?
— Johnni B (@JohnniB__) January 11, 2018