Remember the backlash over the casting of actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child back in 2015? At the time, a number of Potterheads (aka, the racist ones) struggled with the idea of a black Hermione in the theatre production, and complained the character should have been white, despite J.K Rowling never specifying the character’s ethnicity.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione ? https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Thankfully, opinion seems to have shifted, or maybe the bigots have finally realised that magic is for everyone. Either way, when artist Sophia Canning poster her painting of Hermione as a black woman to Twitter, the internet went crazy over it for all the right reasons.
A quick Hermione, living her best life✨ pic.twitter.com/I7hTUja1Jx
— Sophia ? (@peaceofseoul) August 12, 2018
Digitally painted in Photoshop, the portrait was inspired by model and YouTube star Jasmine Brown, and it’s just plain stunning.
Wow, I did not expect this piece to take off. I used @JasMeannnn as a reference to paint her face! Thanks for all the nice comments✨
— Sophia ? (@peaceofseoul) August 13, 2018
And fans around the web are bewitched
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND REALISTIC HERMIONE I HAVE EVER SEEN PROPS TO YOU FOR ADDING THE SPEW BADGE ASSGJHGKHYFDS
— Amo (@shakspaere) August 13, 2018
I bet @jk_rowling would love your Work!
— SLLIMD (@MillsDarryl) August 14, 2018
Somewhere I don’t know why but I’m sure is Ron singing “I’m in love with the shape of you… I’m in love with your body..”
— Leos Hdez (@LeordanisHndez) August 14, 2018
I love it. You made her come alive ❤️
— jami (@JamiJm) August 13, 2018
People were particularly curious as to the books she was reading
Sis even put thought into the title of the books she’s reading. ?????
— Chi (@BK_getIT) August 14, 2018
KNOWING THAT LITTLE ACCURACY YOU THOUGHT OF MAKES THIS ALL THE MORE INCREDIBLE
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) August 14, 2018
LOVE this!! ❤️ My first instinct was to zoom in to check which books she was holding ?? Gorgeous pictur, you’re very talented!!
— Malene Bisgaard (@Mumi79) August 14, 2018
Some even mistook the painting for a cosplay
It’s a painting, not a cosplay, though I imagine the artist will take the mistake as a compliment 🙂
— Luka Nieto (@LukaNieto) August 13, 2018
WAIT WHAT?! i literally thought this was A REAL PICTURE. i thought this was cosplay jsdhdjksshslksskl
— mere?#1YearOfRainbow (@hymnlesswarrior) August 14, 2018
Wait that’s a painting ? I thought it was a picture wow
— feel my pain ? (@cozyJynella) August 14, 2018
It’s good to know that Hermione is an inclusive character that all little girls can look up to!
I love the Emma Watson version, I love the book version, I love the full on black Hermione fanart version.
Hermione is just great
— Peanut (@Espoux) August 13, 2018
I love it! And my daughter will love it too! pic.twitter.com/t7ae1Mbogw
— Paul Hawkins (@paulhawkinsnyc) August 13, 2018
For more of Sophia’s amazing artwork, visit her website.