jessica sula as hermione granger
Long post is long and poorly written, but I’ll do my best to explain my thinking behind this.
Jessica Sula as Hermione is probably my favourite racebent interpretation, but I don’t think we’ve really delved into the intricacies of mixed race heritage. I’ve done a bit more research and I found out that Jessica is of Afro-Latina and Chinese descent. Considering that mixed race kids are either coded white or “other” if represented at all, I wanted Hermione’s heritage to reflect that of her actress.
Hermione being an English girl of Afro-Latina and Chinese descent (I also think she would have French citizenship too because there’s a popular theory that she’s French on her mother’s side of the family, but we’ll explore that another time) as well as being a Muggle born witch would have had profound implications in terms of her motivations and her treatment in the text. It would have given additional depth and understanding to her character and to be honest, Hermione can be read as POC in the series so there’s no reason why she can’t be mixed race.
Anyways, the inspiration for this came from a pair of sisters I used to teach last year. Their dad was Afro-Latino and their mom was Chinese French-Canadian and they hardly ever got to see representations of themselves anywhere so I wanted to make this for them. Hope I did them proud.