Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy Hit Platform 9 3/4, and #BlackHogwarts Was Born

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Although we now have Black Panther, Black Mirror and A Wrinkle in Timefilms that, in fact, employ black actors to play black characters—a few years back, black folks in mainstream sci-fi and fantasy were few and far between.

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As Ashley Nkadi recently wrote for The Root, we were usually “erased” from these genres, though rich racial metaphors abound: “In these fictional worlds, anything could happen: magic, dragons, travel through space and time. Anything, that is, except diversity.”

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But fear not; that will never happen. Not in the real world, not even in a reimagined fantasy world.

Not when there’s #BlackHogwarts, which used GIFs, pics and notes to infuse the world of Harry Potter with a rich stew of magic and melanin.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was feeling it, and so was I (sorry, non-Potter fans, the jokes are kinda insidery).

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Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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^^Me.

Also, I didn’t know how badly I need Don Cheadle as Tom Riddle, but I do. And Samuel L. Jackson should be Mad-Eye - “CONSTANT VIGILENCE, MOTHERFUCKER - DO YOU PRACTICE IT?!”