America has made significant progress in the last several decades when it comes to the acceptance of racial diversity.
Although, let’s face it, that’s mostly a byproduct of the fact that there was nowhere to go but up.
But progress is progress. And no one is doubting that there is still ways to go.
A major checklist item was achieved seven years ago when Barack Obama was sworn in as our nation’s first black president. It was long overdue, and as he nears the end of his presidency, the man is more beloved by Americans than never before.
Don’t fact check that.
But that was not the final hurdle. And I know you’re asking — what greater accomplishment can there be besides a black man holding our country’s highest and most powerful office?
There’s only one answer: getting a black person into the Harry Potter universe!
And ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that we did it! We did it! Drop the confetti!
…did the confetti not drop? Sorry, I forgot I don’t have the budget of most blogs to prepare universal confetti. Just do me a favor and throw the nearest item straight up in the air, and pray that it doesn’t come back down on your head. It’ll do.
Noma Dumezweni has been cast to play the adult Hermione in the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play, written by J.K. Rowling herself, the narrative of which will ensue where the book series finished.
While reaction to the play and the actors chosen to play the main characters has been mostly positive, there has been enough backlash to necessitate Rowling and other actors from the film adaptations to come forward and voice their support for Dumezweni.
Alright. Let’s get real for a second. As someone who basically lived his childhood vicariously through the Harry Potter universe, let me speak directly to the fellow Pottermaniacs like myself.
We are better than everyone. We’re not Star Wars fanboys. We’re not Trekkies or Lord of the Rings fanatics. And we sure as hell aren’t like the diehards of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Don’t even get me started on those degenerates.
We are civilized. We are free thinkers. And above all, we are tolerant.
And plus, if we accepted a universe that involves humans transforming into cats and transportation by way of tossing powder into a fireplace, then a black actress is the least far-fetched thing that we have to accept.
Heck, I say why stop there?
Harry Potter should be played by a Muslim. A transgender could act the part of Ron Weasley.
Rubeus Hagrid, the eight-and-a-half-foot tall half giant who lives on the Hogwarts grounds? Give the role to a midget Scientologist.
As for who should play Voldemort? This is a tough one.
If only there was a powerful person in real life with a large following who is promoting bigotry and dividing people of differing belief systems…
I can’t think of anyone.