Anonymous said: I was reading your old post about Hermione as WOC. Are you trying to say that those traits you described can't be traits of a white person? Also, if Hermione was a WOC, don't you think JK Rowling would have said something given the fact that she is white in the movies, and cover and chapter art? There is also the glaring fact that JK Rowling, who is white, sees herself in Hermione. She's definitely not a WOC, I'm sorry. It is true.
First of all, I only said that Hermione can be read as POC in the text, which is completely different from saying that Hermione can’t be white at all. Second, there are certain things about Hermione’s appearance that potentially code her as POC: bushy hair that takes an entire jar of Sleek Easy Hair Potion to straighten (which could be interpreted as Hermione having natural hair), plus there’s no mention of her skin colour other than being very brown after a summer in France, so her ethnicity is up to interpretation.
You also missed the whole point about why I made that graphic in the first place. I volunteer at inner city libraries and work with little girls of colour who usually don’t get to see themselves represented in their favourite books. It’s heartbreaking to see those little girls see pictures of white girls on the covers of their favourite books, but no pictures of girls of colour. These little girls often ask me why there aren’t any stories about little black, brown, or Asian girls so I made that graphic just for them because they deserve to see themselves represented.
While I do like Emma Watson’s portrayal, I still can’t help but think about how happy those little girls would be to see Hermione being portrayed by a girl of colour who looked just like them. And if you think confirming that Hermione is white is more important than little girls of colour seeing themselves represented by their favourite characters and in their favourite stories, then you need to examine why.